According to online media organization Rappler, Gov’t relief offices say:

  • Some 78,179 individuals and 16,512 families are reportedly staying in 216 evacuation centers nationwide.
  • A total of 46 cities and municipalities are affected by flood in Regions I, III, IV-A and the National Capital Region.
  • There are 11 areas declared under state of calamity due to deep floodwater.
  • In terms of casualties, NDRRMC has so far only monitored the landslide incident in Quezon City, which killed 9 people and injured 4 others.
  • Local officials claim that at least 15 people were killed and 1 person was left missing from various incidents monitored in the affected areas in the country.
  • Weather bureau PAGASA reported that there is no tropical cyclone within the Philippine Area of Responsibility, though typhoon Haikui is still affecting the monsoon.
  • The monsoon rain will continue to batter Luzon and western Visayas within the next 24 hours.

Tonight will be another long night, especially for those still in homes threatened with possible flooding or landslide. I hope and pray that they would have the fortitude to weather the storm (or in this case, the monsoon rain).

For those among us safe in our homes but sharing the same rainy evening with those in the evacuation centers and flooded homes, the least we can for now is pray. You can’t rush relief goods and donations under this heavy rain. Best to stay indoors and stay safe.

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