MANILA, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The number of casualties caused by southwest monsoon rains climbed to 16 in the northern part of the Philippines, local officials said Wednesday.
The figure was based on compiled reports by Wednesday. Most of the casualties drowned in floodwaters caused by heavy downpour over the past few days. The fatalities included four children aged 2, 5, 7 and 12 respectively, and five who were swept away by floodwaters, said Office of Civil Defense-National Capital Region Director Edgardo Ollet.
The number of affected population also increased to 225,056 families with more than 1 million people, of which 163,868 are staying in 501 evacuation centers, Ollet said.
Floods generally subsided Wednesday though several parts of Metro Manila, particularly the Lagusnilad underpass remained submerged in floodwaters.
Ollet said there are 2,085 families in Marikina City still in evacuation centers because the local government would not allow them to return as the water level at Marikina City was still 16 meters.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III went to an elementary school in Laguna Wednesday to check on flood victims. He assured that the government is ready to extend any form of assistance to the victims of widespread floods.