Parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao have been experiencing heavy monsoon rains causing the death of at least 62 people so far and at least 30 missing while inundating parts of affected localities with flash floods and landslides.
Most of the affected areas are in Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region, Southern Tagalog, and parts of Southern and Northern Mindanao. Eastern Luzon is likewise under threat of landslides and flooding as the Northeast Monsoon is expected to converge with winds that can bring more rain into the regions.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) appeals to residents of affected areas to exercise due diligence and caution as it encourages pre-emptive evacuation in some districts affected by the rains.
On the other hand, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) emphasized that the heavy rains experienced by the country, while abnormal for this time of the year, are not brought by typhoons but by the prevailing cycle of La Nina.
The situation in affected areas highlights the need for effective disaster response by the Government, assisted by the private sector.
The Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers, Inc. continues to strive in upgrading its capability to address exigencies that may arise in relation to the onslaught of La Nina by participating in water search and rescue capabilities in partnership with the Philippine National Red Cross, the Philippine Coast Guard and other Fire Volunteer brigades.