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What to Do During and After Floods

Know what to do during and after floods
by Arianne Merez
Nov 12, 2020
Rescuers save residents from floods along A. Bonifacio, Barangay Tanong, Marikina City, Nov. 12, 2020
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño

Heavy rains brought by typhoons usually result in flooding, particularly in low-lying areas.

The Philippines, which is battered by an average of 20 storms per year, is no stranger to flooding and the evacuation and rescue operations that go with it.


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Here is a guide from state-weather bureau PAGASA on what to do during and after flooding:


  • Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.
  • Do not attempt to cross rivers of flowing streams where water is above the knee.
  • Beware of water-covered roads and bridges.
  • Avoid unnecessary exposure to the elements.
  • Do not go swimming or boating in swollen rivers.
  • Eat only well-cooked food. Protect leftovers against contamination.
  • Drink clean or preferably boiled water only.


  • Re-enter establishments with caution using flashlights, not lanterns or torches. Flammables may be inside.
  • Be alert for fire hazards like broken wires.
  • Do not eat food and drink water until they have been checked for floodwater contamination.
  • Report broken utility lines (electricity, water, gas, and telephone) to appropriate agencies authorities.
  • Do not turn on the main switch or use appliances and other devices until these have been checked properly by an electrician.
  • Consult health authorities for immunization requirements.
  • Do not go to disaster areas. Your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations.
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