The Philippines capital Manila and the surrounding area is experiencing its worst floods since 2009, due to unusually heavy monsoon rainfall triggered by tropical storm Haikui.
Reports say that more than half the amount of rain normally seen in August has fallen in the capital in 24 hours, resulting in over 270,000 people being forced from their homes due to the exceptionally high floodwaters.
Benito Ramos is the head of the country’s disaster response agency and said that at least 60% of the city was underwater:
‘We’re still concerned about the situation in the coastal areas as it was difficult to distinguish the sea from the floodwaters.’
Sonny Ongkiko (PH) and Abner Tayco (PH) are two ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members based in Manila who have been assessing the need for emergency shelter in the urban area.
They will be joined by SRT members Peter Pearce (AU) and Ross MacKenzie (NZ) in the next couple of days to form two SRTs; one team will continue needs assessments in Manila and the other will assess need in the nearby rural areas.