Following devastating floods that submerged large areas of the Philippine capital Manila, the Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations to help the Philippine Red Cross provide emergency relief to affected communities.

Floods triggered by typhoons have inundated large parts of the Philippines, including the capital, Manilla. Philippine Red Cross (PRC) mobilised more than 300 staff and volunteers to help the evacuation and deliver relief aid. Mollie Godinez/PRCS

At least 60 percent of Manila was under water following the worst flooding the country has seen since Tropical Storm Katrina devastate large parts of the country three years ago. The flooding was triggered by triple typhoons that swept across the region, causing torrential rain, floods and landslides.

Volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross rescue residents from their flooded homes in Rizal Province, the Philippines on Aug. 9, 2012. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Days of torrential rain left 19 people dead. Almost two million people were directly affected. About 290,000 of those were displaced from their homes and sought refuge in evacuation centres.

Even hospitals in the Philippines were not spared from the torrential rain.
Photo: Mollie Godinez/PRC

Since the onset of the flooding, the Philippine Red Cross has mobilized more than 800 staff and volunteers to support search and rescue and relief efforts. They have rescued more than 1000 people and assisted in the evacuation of a further 8,000.

Philippine Red Cross has mobilized staff and volunteers. Emergency response teams and water search and rescue (WASAR) teams have been activated.
Photo: Mollie Godinez/PRC

You can support flood victims by making a donation on our web page.