Typhoon Yagi forces THOUSANDS to evacuate as Philippines DECIMATED by floods
Marina Mayor Marcy Teodoro told CNN Philippines that 5,000 people or 800 families had to leave their homes located near the Markina River in eastern Metro Manila.
He added that as a result, the city now has 13 designated evacuation centres for residents.
Mr Teodoro said: “We implemented forced evacuation so they can leave while they can.”
He added that rescue operations are ongoing, as floods of up to four feet high trapped people in certain areas.
As heavy rain poured in Metro Manila, Rizal and other parts of Luzon as a result of the southwest monsoon, the Markina River’s water level topped 18 metres at 4.57pm local time on Saturday.
This prompted officials to raise the third alarm, meaning the local Government’s disaster response unit will implement forced evacuations of residents along the river.
As the downpours continued, the Marijina Public Information Office said the water level had risen to 20.6 metres at 9.58pm.
But by 10.30pm local time, this had decreased slightly to 20.4 metres.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued a red rainfall warning to the Metro Manila and Rizal province, warning of serious flooding in these areas.
China’s top observatory also warned on Saturday that Yagi, the 14th typhoon this year, is moving quickly towards the country’s east coast and will hit land on Sunday evening.
The National Meteorogical Centre (NMC) said in a statement that at 8am local time, the centre of the storm was monitored over the Pacific Ocean, around 900km southeast of Xiangshan County in the Zhejiang Province.
It suggested that local Governments take precautions against possible disasters, ships in affected areas return to port, and residents along the typhoon’s path stay indoors until it passes.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk warned the storm will bring a significant risk of flooding from southwestern China to northern Vietnam.
He said: “The storm has the potential to bring 250-380 mm (10-15 inches) of rain through the weekend across the Chinese provinces from western Guangdong to southern Guangxi.”
AccuWeather warned motorists will face major disruption where runoff from heavy rain damages roads and bridges.
It also urged drivers to avoid a “potentially deadly situation by never driving through floodwaters”.
Yagi hit Japan on Saturday afternoon, crossing the Ryukyu Islands into the evening before it is expected to curve into eastern China.
The storm only provided a glancing blow to Okinawa, as winds reached 40mph, while tropical downpours will sweep across the islands through early next week.
It was the second major storm to hit Japan in a matter of days after Typhoon Shanshan saw rain, wind and high waves battered parts of the country.
The severe caused widespread power outages in the capital Tokyo, as well as the cancellation of hundreds of domestic flights.