• Evacuations beef up as Metro flooding worsens

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    AS flooding in some parts of Metro Manila worsened on Tuesday because of monsoon rains intensified by Tropical Storm Maring, local government units beefed up their rescue and evacuation operations.

    In Makati City, Vice President Jejomar Binay joined his son, Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay to rescue some of the residents in Barangay Magallanes after flood water continued to rise.

    Clad with rescue gears and on board a rescue boat, the father-and-son tandem personally evacuated some of the affected residents.

    Mayor Binay said, personally, he evacuated 25 individuals from Magallanes area after it experienced intense flooding.

    He also called on residents to obey their barangay officials when they call for evacuation to a safer place. The city’s evacuation center is located in Barangay Pio del Pilar.

    Binay  said that the affected areas in Makati include Barangays Rizal, Cembo, Comembo,Bbangkal, Pio del Pilar, La Paz, San Antonio, Singkamas, Magallanes and Tejero.

    In Pasay city, Mayor Antonio Calixto said that some residents in the city were forced to climbed rooftops after the Maricaban creek over spilled.

    “May bumagsak na mga pader sa [Some of the walls in] Magallanes kaya tuloy-tuloy ang tubig sa [were crashed so the flood water built up in]Malibay,” he said.

    Calixto said the local government immediately conducted rescue operations for residents in Malibay.

    He added that the Philippine Air Force has sent a truck over in Barangay 183 to help rescue residents stuck on rooftops.

    In Marikina City, the local government imposed a forced evacuation as the water level in Marikina River reached its critical level before 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Mayor Del de Guzman of Marikina City said alert level 4 has been raised as the water level at the river was already at 18 meters before 3 p.m.

    In Muntinlupa city, the local government placed the entire city under state of calamity due to massive flooding.

    Mayor Jaime Fresnedi of Muntinlupa said the city council, during a special session on Tuesday morning, came out with a resolution declaring the city under a state of calamity.

    He said about 7,705 families have been affected by the massive flooding in the city and 138 of which are already in evacuation centers. The declaration would authorize the release of the city government’s calamity funds.

    In Taguig City, Mayor Lani Cayetano said as of  2 p.m.,  at least 2,216 families were evacuated in 26 evacuation centers.

    “They are now housed in 26 evacuation centers set up by the city government. We want to assure everyone that the local government is on top of the situation,” she said.

    According to Ronald Galicia, Taguig Rescue head, local rescuers and social welfare officials are working round-the-clock to care for the evacuees and monitor the situation in several barangays.

    “At around 2 a.m. last Monday, we already received reports of evacuation from several barangays. Taguig Rescue and the whole disaster response group have since been monitoring 24 hours to ensure the safety of our residents,” said Galicia.

    In Las Piñas city, Mayor Vergel Aguilar said that at least 1,500 families from flood affected areas were evacuated to safer grounds.

    In Parañaque city, Mayor Edwin Olivarez said at least 16 barangays in the city were affected by the floods, which was exacerbated by high tide. RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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