Floods cover sections of Manila, CRS ready to respond

August 20, 2013 by

Record-breaking rainfall in the Philippines over the last several days has led to flooding in many communities around Manila, a metropolis of 18 million people.

The Associated Press is reporting more than 600,000 people affected by flooding, with water in some communities waist and neck-deep. Reuters said that a month’s worth of rain fell in one day, overwhelming low-lying areas.

Joe Curry, CRS’ country representative in the Philippines, noted that reservoirs and rivers are breaching their banks. “The poorest families often live closest to flood-prone areas,” said Curry, “and are likely to suffer disproportionately from heavy rains.”

CRS has an experienced team in the Philippines ready to respond to humanitarian needs as they emerge, including with sleeping materials, hygiene supplies, water purification and other goods to help the most vulnerable families through crisis.

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