Flooding is a regular occurrence in Metro Manila so it should come as no surprise after heavy rains. If you live one of Manila’s flood-prone areas, be sure to take special precautions beforehand.
What to do during a flood
- Switch off any electrical supplies at the main switch before the waters get too high. Take precautions against electrical shocks.
- Move to higher ground immediately and wait until safe.
- Stay away from floodwater. It may contain dangerous substances, sharp debris or you may be swept off your feet by fast flowing water.
- If you have no choice but to wade through water, select an area of still water and use a stick to feel for firm ground where you can walk.
- If you are driving and encounter a flooded road, avoid driving through it. Manila roads are bad enough during normal times but floods may hide large ditches or open manholes.
- If your car stalls in a flood, abandon it and head to higher ground.
After the flood
- Beware of downed power lines which will pose an electrocution hazard, especially when near standing water
- If you evacuated your home during the flood, check for cracks and other damage before entering
- Try to avoid contact with flood water as it will be contaminated by refuse, sewage and toxic substances. Wear protective clothing like rubber gloves and boots when cleaning up.
- Be sure to use clean water for personal hygiene, food preparation and drinking. Do not use utensils or food that have been contaminated by the flood water.