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Flooding triggered by heavy rains;thousands evacuated in Philippines

Residents wade through a flooded street during Tropical storm Fung-Wong in Pasay city, metro ManilaManila : Due to flooding triggered by heavy rains, thousands of families in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Philippines were evacuated to higher places, said authorities on Friday.

‘Xinhua’, which is the state press agency of the People’s Republic of China reported, ‘according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), heavy rains were spawned by tropical storm Fung-Wong (local name Mario), which was moving toward northern Luzon, with maximum sustained winds of 85 kmph and gustiness of up to 100 kmph.’

‘Red rainfall warning’ which means severe flooding is expected,was given in Metro Manila and the provinces of Laguna and Rizal, PAGASA said.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) instructed the Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to announce the suspension of classes in all levels, public and private, in Metro Manila and 16 other nearby provinces in northern Philippines, as rain was predicted to prevail until afternoon.

Except for basic and health services, disaster response and other vital public services, work in government offices has been suspended, said Secretary Paquito.

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