A member of the Philippine Coast Guard’s medical assistance response team helps a colleague to cross a flooded national highway in Botolan, Zambales, with very strong currents by holding on to a rope placed across the road so rescuers could access those who need to be evacuated. Two hundred families are in elementary schools in Porac and Bucao villages in Botolan while 1,548 families were in the gym at the Botolan town proper. Evacuation is ongoing at press time. Soldiers are also helping in the rescue efforts.