President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippine on Thursday asked government agencies to rush aid to victims of Typhoon Vamco, after the storm killed at least two persons and recorded the worst flooding in Manila the capital city after many years.
Report gathered that tens of thousands of house in low-lying suburbs were drowned by the floods, prompting residents to climb their rooftops awaiting rescue.
The president in a national broadcast said, “Be rest assured, the government will not leave anybody behind,”
He promised shelter, relief goods, financial aid and post-disaster counselling to the affected victims.
The latest typhoon, which has also left four missing, comes as the Philippines is still grappling with a wave of COVID-19 infections and a battered economy.
One of the victims, resident in Pasig City identified as Carla Mhaye Suico while sheltering with 15 family members and neighbours spoke to newsmen and said’ “Just a few steps remaining on our third floor and we have yet to see any rescuer.”
Roughly 40,000 homes had been either fully or partially flooded in Marikina City, its mayor, Marcelino Teodoro, told newsmen, calling the situation “overwhelming” and the worst since a typhoon flooded large swathes of Manila in 2009.
Also, nearly three million households in and around Manila were without power as people waded through waist-high floods, carrying valuables and pets.
Even some coast guards had to swim in flood waters as high as electricity poles, while rescue workers used rubber boats and makeshift floats to carry children and the elderly to safety.
The situation has caused big waves and strong winds in Manila Bay budged a tanker, damaging a bridge.
Flights and mass transit in Manila were suspended while the coast guard stopped port operations. Government work was suspended and financial markets were shut.
Meanwhile, Vamco has now weakened, with sustained winds of 130 kilometres (81 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 160 kph (99 mph), after exiting Luzon island, home to half of the Philippines’ 108 million people.