Due to incessant rains and high tide, a total of 3,122 families or 12,289 individuals are still staying in 17 evacuation centers in different parts of Manila.
The evacuation centers are located in Baseco, Parola covered court, Del Pan sports complex and in Barangay 105 in Tondo, Manila.
With the continuous heavy rains and high tide, the City Government of Manila on Thursday also implemented a preemptive evacuation on other residents who opted to stay in their houses in low-lying areas along the San Juan River, Manila Bay, Baseco Compound and Parola.
According to Johnny Yu, officer-in-charge of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the directive was prompted by the expected strong rains on Thursday based on the yellow rainfall alert issued by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Yu said with such a preemptive evacuation, the safety of the affected residents would be assured.
Because of this, he said, they have also advised the evacuees who are still staying in different evacuation centers not to return yet to their respective houses.
Meanwhile, it was reported that more than 100 evacuees at the four-story evacuation center in Baseco, Manila are starting to get sick with colds, fever, and diarrhea.
Many of those afflicted with these ailments are children aged 15 and below.
The City of Manila has organized a medical mission to attend to the evacuees. PNA