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Red Cross rubber boats rescue people on roofs

By Jeannette Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:18:00 09/27/2009

Filed Under: Flood, Disasters (general), Meteorological disaster, Ondoy

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) dispatched before dawn on Sunday several rescue teams to the flooded Marikina City and Providence Village in Cainta, where residents have been forced onto their roofs.

Providence Village, a barangay where both middle and rich classes converge, was hardest hit by the torrential rains brought by typhoon Ondoy.

Rescue teams brought eight rubber rafts and an aluminum boat to the village to save residents trapped on the second floor of their homes or on their roofs. Among those trapped were actresses Kristine Reyes, Jean Garcia and daughter Jenica Garcia, who sought help through a television showbiz talk show Star Talk aired over GMA-7 on Saturday afternoon. Reyes claimed during the program that she and her family have been trapped on the roof of their house for more than 12 hours with nothing but the clothes on their back.

Jenica Garcia said their house in Vista Real was just across the Marikina River which swelled up fast and unleashed floods that moved up the floors of their three-story home.

Some 19 PNRC teams have also been dispatched to Pasig City, Valenzuela City, Quezon City, Parañaque City, Mandaluyong City, Makati City, Manila, Muntinlupa City, Taguig City, Antipolo City as well as the municipalities of Baras, Cainta and Tanay in Rizal Province.

The teams were joined by rescue operatives from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) who brought along three rubber boats as well as teams from Green Peace and the Marines.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday the PNRC has tallied some 75 fatalities and 40 persons missing. They also reported that 49 municipalities and 137 barangays have been affected by typhoon Ondoy. A total of 603 people have been rescued by the PNRC Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) teams.

There are 38 evacuation centers set up in Metro Manila. Five are in Marikina City where 1,949 families have sought refuge. In Pasig City, seven evacuation centers are accommodating 1,157 refugee-families. Seven centers in Manila have been, providing shelter to 263 families.

There are 12 in Makati City with 487 families; eight in Parañaque City with 7,665 families; and three in the Rizal Province proper with 165 families in Baras municipality and 1,100 in Tanay.

In Taguig City, 1,400 families had to seek shelter. Another 928 families in Muntinlupa City are in evacuation centers. Antipolo city has set up two evacuation centers for 1,128 families.

As of 4 p.m. on Sunday, PNRC-WASAR teams were still trying to get to residents of Green Park Subdivision in Caranglaan town, Cainta, Rizal.



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