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:
DURING THE FLOOD
- 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.
AFTER THE FLOOD
- 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.