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.
Remember that diarrhea and other illnesses pose a great risk after flooding. For simple ways to safeguard your family against diarrhea, read ‘After a disaster, beware of diarrhea‘.