MANILA, Aug. 9 — Vice Admiral Edmund C. Tan, Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard, ordered the deployment of the PCG helicopter Wednesday morning to conduct airial assessment in Manila, Quezon City and Marikina City which looked like isolated islands with the massive floodings brought about by continuous monsoon rains.
The PCG Commandant also ordered the deployment of three teams composed of FOG divers and rescue personnel in their continued rescue efforts for those affected by flood waters, particularly the stranded victims.
They first determined which areas they could find people stranded in buildings and on the roofs of houses and where they would conduct possible airlift rescue or transport of relief food.
The Coast Guard personnel particularly responded to the call of 700 personnel and 150 patients of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay (UERM) Hospital stranded in the hospital compound in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Doctors, medical personnel, employees and patients were all helpless as they were trapped due to massive floodings around the hospital compound.
The PCG personnel said that many roads in Metro Manila were unpassable. However, a few passenger vehicles were seen plying those passable but likewise flooded roads. (PNA)