InterManager has expressed its condolences to the Philippine people who are suffering the after effects of the devastating flooding caused by Tropical Storm ‘Washi’.
More than 650 people were killed and another 800 people are still missing after coastal communities were devastated early on Saturday (December 17) by flash floods triggered by the tropical storm.
News reports say that rivers burst their banks and many were trapped in their homes while in other areas entire villages are reported to have been swept away.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has reported that about 35,000 people are sheltering in evacuation centres.
InterManager President Alastair Evitt, who was in the Philippines only last month, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philippino people at this difficult time.”
A third of all the world’s seafarers are from the Philippines, which is an important international maritime centre.