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MANILA, Philippines - With facilities inundated by rising flood waters, several hospitals around Metro Manila cried for help on Tuesday as they struggled to sustain vital operations for their own patients.
On Tuesday evening, word spread that the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Hospital, the University of the East - Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC), and the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) all needed help to sustain their operations.
The PGH, it turned out, was NOT isolated by floods, as falsely reported by some users of social networking platforms. There seemed to be a situation developing around its water supply, however.
"I am a post-duty intern, but my friends (on duty in the hospital right now have no access to running water)," said Twitter user @somebunnytolove.
"Currently, no water supply in PGH. And that's actually from someone who's IN (on-duty) PGH," reiterated @OdietotheT.
In response, the UP Manila Twitter account (@UPManilaOnline) said that their earlier tweets only sought to clarify false emergency situations, while admitting that water supply had indeed been cut off inside the hospital.
"Yes, the running water has been affected due to the current situation," the account said. "Water supply will hopefully be returned soon."
Flooding, meanwhile, did hit the UST hospital. Photos also showed the gravity of the flooding situation at the UERMMMC.
Information also spread online that the generator of UST Hospital had already died - which is not true. The information was corrected by the school's Central Student Council.
What turned out to be true, however, was the power situation at the UERMMMC, with MMDA Traffic Czar Yves Gonzalez (@doblezeta) tweeting on his account about the hospital's need for diesel fuel for its generators, which was expected to last only until 11:00pm on Tuesday.
Here are some of the tweets we've collated about the situation of hospitals around Metro Manila: