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Putrajaya: Malaysians working and studying in the Philippines are reported to be safe following the massive flood that has struck the republic.
Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said those who registered with the Malaysian embassy in Manila have been contacted and in so far, there are no reports or notification of them being in distress.
"Our embassy in Manila is closely monitoring the situation and is in constant contact with the relevant Philippine authorities," he told the New Straits Times yesterday.
It was learnt that there are approximately 300 Malaysians residing in the Philippines and the number could be higher as there could be more as some has not registered with the Malaysian embassy.
The current flooding in Manila has been reported to inundate some parts of Manila while all schools and some government offices in the capital also remained closed.
Anifah said the ministry is advising Malaysians who intend to travel to Manila or the surrounding provinces to consider deferring their travel temporarily until the situation im proves.
"However, as for those who are in the city, it is best to take the necessary safety precautions and to avoid flood prone areas in Metro Manila, as well as to adhere to the updates and alerts from the Philippine authorities," he added.
Anifah, when asked if assistance would be extended to the Philippine government, said the ministry is still monitoring the situation as it develops and assistance will be provided if needed.
Meanwhile, Malaysians in the republic who require con sular assistance can contact Wisma Putra and the Malaysian Embassy in Manila at 03-8887 4000 (during office hours) or 03-8887 4570 (after working hours) and (632) 864 0761 to 68.
Manila and the northern Philippines have been hit by severe weather since Typhoon Saola struck just over a week ago, killing more than 50 people.
In September 2009, Typhoon Ketsana hit the republic and triggered flooding that killed more than 400 people and Typhoon Nestat and Nalgae struck two years later, leaving more than 100 dead.
The current rain and floods are said to be worst to hit the country since 2009.