Marikina declares state of calamity; residents compare habagat to Ondoy
Evacuees at Malanday Elementary School in Marikina City (Grace Casin / UNTV News & Rescue)
The water level in Marikina River quickly rose to over 20 meters on Saturday, August 11 – not far from the 23 meters recorded during Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.
Residents had to be rescued from their homes as houses and cars alike were rapidly being submerged in rising floodwaters.
Fear gripped residents as they were reminded of Typhoon Ondoy’s onslaught in 2009.
One of the rescued residents, Nena Dagalea said, “Ang tubig talagang rumaragasa. Yung pintuan namin talaang pumapasok ang tubig… kaya naisip ko ano ba yan babalik nanaman tayo sa Ondoy.”
Leonora Martiez,another Marikina resident, shared the same, “Talagang biglang taas ng tubig bigla lang.”
On Sunday morning, there was a slight drop in the water level as floodwaters began to subside,
Marikina has declared a state of calamity as seventy percent of the city is inundated by floodwaters.
Around 40,000 individuals fled to evacuation centers according to its public information office (PIO)
The Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed relief goods on Sunday night to affected families.
The local government also put up tents that can fit two to four families to allow them privacy and a proper rest.
“Para kahit papaano hindi siksikan may dignidad parin sila kahit nasa ganoong lugar parin sila,”
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said.
Evacuees were also given free doxycycline shots as a precautionary measure against leptospirosis.
“Lumusong o hindi lalo na yung may open wound mas kailangan nila ito,” said Dr. Cristie Sy of the Marikina City Health Department, – Grace Casin
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