In some areas of the Philippine Capital Region, cities have expanded by more than 13 million people, and floods have cut off roads for light vehicles.
The Philippine authorities moved thousands of residents of the capital Manila out of their low-lying communities on Saturday as monsoon rains and tropical storms flooded the city and nearby provinces
The National Disaster Agency stated that 14,023 people have been transferred to evacuation centers, most of them from the flood-prone suburbs of Manila.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Rock said in a statement: “We ask residents in the affected areas to be vigilant and vigilant, take precautions, and cooperate with their respective local authorities.”
In recent weeks, severe weather has hit many parts of the world and brought floods to China.The heat waves in India, Western Europe, and North America have triggered new concerns about the impact of climate change.
Meteorologists said that the Philippines is a Southeast Asian archipelago with more than 7,600 islands. About 20 tropical storms occur every year, but the warming of the Pacific Ocean will make the storm stronger and bring more rainfall.
In some areas of the Philippine Capital Region, cities with more than 13 million people spread, and floods cut the roads for light vehicles at waist-deep areas.
The Philippines is already struggling to deal with one of Asia’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks and has tightened containment measures to prevent the spread of the more contagious delta variant.
Rock said that the Ministry of Public Works is busy removing debris and landslides from the roads in the provinces.
“Some houses were flooded to the roof,” Humerlito Dolor, governor of Oriental Mindoro province, south of the capital, told DZMM radio station.
Earlier Saturday, residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces were awakened after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the neighboring Batangas Province.
According to the Philippine Volcano and Seismological Institute (Phivolcs), the epicenter of the earthquake was southwest of Karatagan Town in Batangas Province. The same province where the active volcano is about to erupt.
The earthquake that occurred at dawn on Saturday was tectonic, not volcanic. A magnitude 5.1 aftershock was also reported.
Residents of the Philippine capital were already on alert on Friday, after the delta variant led to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, and the government raised some restrictions.