TO help in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in villages affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Santi, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has deployed a 17-man rescue team to Jaen, Nueva Ecija.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that the rescue team, composed of members of the Metro Parkway Clearing Group (MPCG) and Road Emergency Group, would assist the local government in clearing roads and flood-hit residential areas and distribute relief goods to displaced residents.
The MMDA contingent, led by MPCG chief Francisco Martinez, has already departed for Nueva Ecija.
The team is equipped with rescue gears and chainsaw equipment, badly needed by residents of Jaen, according to Mayor Santiago Austria.
“MMDA is willing to help those in need. We will send rescue teams to places severely damaged by the typhoon if and when necessary,” Tolentino said, noting that Santi spared Metro Manila.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that at least five persons have died in when Santi made landfall in Central Luzon.
Three of the fatalities were from Nueva Ecija, who were all killed by trees toppled by the strong winds brought by the typhoon.
A total of 15 towns and two cities in Nueva Ecija were flooded.
Late last month, the MMDA sent rescue teams to Subic, Zambales which was devastated by massive flooding caused by monsoon rains.