Humanitarian disaster unfolding nearly 200,000 people in the Philippines remain displaced by flooding after Tropical depression “Bising”

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    The Big Wobble: Humanitarian disaster unfolding nearly 200,000 people in the Philippines remain displaced by flooding after Tropical depression “Bising”

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    Humanitarian disaster unfolding nearly 200,000 people in the Philippines remain displaced by flooding after Tropical depression “Bising”

    Photo Manila Bulletin 

    UN Office for the Coordination of
    Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) is reporting that as many as 178,000 people in
    the Philippines remain displaced by flooding that first struck on 16 January,
    2017.
    Of those displaced, 20,000 are at 127
    evacuation centers while most are being hosted by relatives or friends. More
    than 1.5 million people have been affected in total since the start of the
    flooding.
    Meanwhile PAGASA has said that Tropical
    depression “Bising” located to the east of the country has weakened and is
    expected to become a low pressure area within the next 24 hours. Estimated
    rainfall amount is from moderate to occasionally heavy within a 300 km
    diameter.
    The city of Cagayan de Oro was seriously
    affected by the floods, as the heavy rain started in the early afternoon and
    continued late into the evening on Monday, January 16, inundating several
    streets and stranding many commuters. Hundreds of students were trapped at the
    University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) due to the
    floodwaters without any food or water. With most of the campus flooded,
    students were forced to head to the upper floors of the school’s buildings.

    Photo The Telegraph
    Shopping malls along Claro M. Recto Avenue
    were hit by the floodwaters as well; Limketkai Center was rendered completely
    impassable. One mall’s basement parking area was filled with water, while
    another mall near Bitan-ag Creek was also flooded, despite the area already
    being elevated.
    As a result of the heavy rain in Cagayan de
    Oro, parts of Camaman-an, Patag, Carmen, and a number of urban barangays were
    swamped by the deluge. Two landslides were reported in the city; one on
    Masterson Avenue near Pryce Plaza Hotel, and in Paglaum Village, Camaman-an. The
    City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (CDRRMD) said that a
    rain gauge near the Cagayan River recorded a total of 166.2 mm, about 20 mm
    less than the amount of rainfall recorded in December 2011 when Tropical Storm
    Sendong (Washi) impacted the city. However, the two-day rainfall amount was
    higher than that from both Tropical Depression Agaton (Lingling) and Tropical
    Storm Seniang (Jangmi).
    Numerous business establishments and
    schools opened their doors to people unable to return home because of the
    floods. This included Centrio Mall, SM City Cagayan de Oro and Limketkai Mall
    which remained open after hours, and Xavier University, which made its canteen,
    a number of classrooms and covered courts as a temporary refuge.
    Floods also affected the provinces of
    Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon. Landslides
    were also reported in several parts of Visayas and Mindanao.
    The local government of Cagayan de Oro
    declared a state of calamity over the city in the early morning of Tuesday,
    January 17, 2017. On Thursday, January 19, as a result of the continuous
    rainfall, the Cagayan de Oro City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office
    (CDRRMO) declared code yellow, asking residents to be vigilant.  At least seven people died in the city due to
    the floods.

    A few days after the floods, it was
    reported that supplies of doxycycline, used to treat people against
    leptospirosis, had run out in Cagayan de Oro. A similar situation occurred in
    the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong when 24 people died because of an outbreak
    of leptospirosis.



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