The monsoon floods which left a trail of destruction in Bangladesh and India have now flooded other parts of South east Asia.
The monsoon floods which left a trail of destruction in Bangladesh and India have now flooded other parts of South east Asia. One of the worst hit areas has been the Philippines with at least 60 people dead in floods which spread over central Luzon Island, including the Manila area, during the past four days.
On Sunday (18 August) Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed a state of national emergency. Massive relief operations were under way after floods breached dykes and washed away homes and bridges.
Government Air Force helicopters and transport 'planes have been airlifting food supplies ot stranded families in central Luzon.
Over 540,000 people have been evacuated to school houses, hospitals churches and other public buildings following the week-long rains. The damage to this year's rice crop is likely to be heavy as central Luzon is one of the country's biggest rice growing areas.
SYNOPSIS: A massive aid operation is under way in the Philippines after the monsoon floods which devastated much of India and Bangladesh hit the province of Central Luzxon and the Manila area. According to the Red Cross more than sixty people have died in the Philippines.
President Ferdinand Marcos on Sunday declared a state of national emergency and Air Force 'planes and helicopters have been rushing food to the victims of a week of monsoon rains and tropical storms.
Fourteen provinces have suffered.
In the two worst hit provinces of Bulancan and Pampanga, north of Manila, floodwaters reached roof-top level. The floods breached dykes, washed away homes and bridges.
Over five hundred and forty thousand people have been evacuated to school houses, ???ospitals, church and other public buildings. In Manila business came to a halt on Saturday as floods closed all main roads. President Marcos said it would take months for farmers and other workers to recover from the floods.
Damage to crops and property was reported to be heavy in central Luzon, one of the country's biggest rice growing areas. And although the water level was beginning to fall, the worst may not be over. More monsoon rains are forecast for the stricken provinces.