Death Toll Rises to 100; Number of Displaced People up to over 450,000

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The death toll from the flooding climbed to 100, with 32 people still missing, the government said in its latest update on Monday afternoon. Another 451,000 had been forced out of their homes with 115,000 in evacuation centres.

Soldiers, police, medics and a huge number of volunteers were involved in the effort to help flood victims, authorities said.

Saturday’s disaster saw tropical storm Ketsana pound the heaviest rain in more than 40 years on Manila and neighbouring areas of Luzon island.

The nine-hour deluge left some areas of Metro Manila, a sprawling city of 12 million people, under six metres (20 feet) of water, with poor drainage systems and other failed infrastructure exacerbating the problem.

Eighty percent of the city was submerged and, with parts of Manila remaining underwater on Monday, local television reported that some people remained stranded on the second floors of their homes.

Vast areas where flooding had subsided also remained covered in knee-deep sludge.

Adding to the chaos, telephone and power services in some parts of the city remained cut, while local government officials said survivors in makeshift evacuation camps were desperately short of food, water and clothes.

Via Yahoo! News

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People still trapped and still waiting to be rescued

September 27th, 2009

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This page, powered by MapSpread locator compiles a list of people still awaiting rescue. Some of them are trapped on the roofs of their houses going on two days without food and drinking water.

If you know anyone who needs rescue, please add to this list.

At the time of writing, 73 people have died and over 300,000 people have been displaced by Tropical Storm Kestana (local name “Ondoy”) that struck the Philippines with heavy, torrential rains on Saturday, September 26, 2009. (link)

Waters rose to as much as 5 meters high in some areas and the Philippines, seeing the worst flooding in over 30 years, was caught unaware. Metro Manila and 5 outlying provinces are now in a state of calamity.

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Shanties were washed away and thousands of houses and vehicles were submerged and destroyed by the floods.

Even up to now, there are over 9,000 families taking refuge in evacuation sites and there are thousands of people stranded in the roofs of their houses waiting to be rescued.

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The damage to lives and property will take months to rebuild but, immediately, we need food, clothing, and medical supplies to treat our refugees.

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The Philippine government is doing its best to deal with the situation. However, the National Disaster Coordinating Council is severely under-budgeted and can only do so much. The nation and various Non-Government Organizations have come together to provide aid to those who were affected by the flooding but we fear that it isn’t enough.

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That is why we are turning to the international community for support and help. If you wish to help rebuild a nation and provide help to those affected by this horrible calamity, use the widgets below (PayPal / Credit card). All proceeds will go to the Philippine National Red Cross.

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