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Manila flood – emergency numbers to call | How to help

Lots of areas around Manila, Philippines are now flooded out. As of this posting, work in both government and private offices in 9 provinces has been suspended due to inclement weather. This morning, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. announced that work in private offices (this includes call centers, BPOs) has been suspended in NCR (National Capital Region), Zambales, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Bataan, Laguna, Cavite, Tarlac, Bulacan and Rizal. Here’s a copy of the memorandum circular issued by Malacanan Palace.

According to this ABS CBN report, the Philippine government is helping some 199,485 families in 11 regions affected by monsoon rains. Meanwhile, GMA News reports that neck-deep floods have forced many residents to flee to rooftops and evacuate. Interaksyon reports that PAG-ASA has declared at least 50 percent of Metro Manila has now been flooded out.

* photo courtesy of Dexter Aquitania Austria

As someone who conducted humble relief efforts and donation drives during the height of Typhoon Sendong, I have a few helpful reminders:

1. Take prophylaxis for leptospirosis if you waded in flood water. Take doxycycline. 2 pcs of 100mg. 1 dose

2. Wear rain boots if you have. Charge all gadgets with caution. Make sure you don’t use sockets near wet areas. Bring a towel and extra shirt.

And I also have a small appeal for my fellow Mindanaoans – let’s be extra careful with our tweets today. Manila needs help and prayers. This isn’t the right time for criticism or blame game. There will be a right time for that.

Today and in the next few days, let’s help spread useful information instead. Let’s start with these emergency numbers that folks in Manila can call:

For emergency situations, you may call:

Philippine Red Cross hotline – 143, (02) 911-1876; HQ – 527-0856
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) – (02) 911-1406/912-2665/9125668
National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) – (02) 911-1406/911-1873/911-1906

Meralco – 16211/16220/09175592824/09209292824
Manila Water – 1627
Maynilad – 1626

For rubber boat/4×4 truck requests – National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) – (02) 8383203/8383354
For rescue dump trucks, text – 09174226800/09276751981
Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Patrol – 117 or send TXT PNP to 2920
Bureau of Fire Protection (NCR) – (02) 729-5166, 410-6254, 431-8859, 407-1230
Philippine Coast Guard – (02) 527-3877, (02) 527-8481, 0917-724-3682, 0917-PCG-DOTC

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) – 136
Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) hotline – 7890 or 0918-8848484
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – (02) 304-3713

North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) hotlines – (02) 3-5000 and (02) 580-8910
Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) hotlines – 0920-96-SCTEX (72839)
Skyway System Hotline – (02) 776-7777, 0915-6256231, 0939-5006910
South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) hotline – 0908-8807539

Quezon City Rescue – (02) 927-5914
Quezon City General Hospital – (02) 920-5002
Marikina Rescue – (02) 646-2436
Pasig Rescue – (02) 631-0099
Taguig Emergency Hotline – 1623
Manila Traffic Hotline – (02) 527-3087
Cainta Traffic Hotline – (02) 646-0044, 655-7368 loc. 164
Las Piñas Traffic – (02) 874-5756, 874-3957, 874-3927
Mandaluyong Hotline – 534-2993
Taguig Traffic – (02) 838-4301 loc. 7112
Marikina STOC – (02) 646-1651
Pasig Traffic – (02) 643-0000, 724-5813
Makati Public Safety Dept – (02) 844-3146, 819-3270

Manila emergency numbers

* photo courtesy of @govph

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