Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday warned local government units in the metropolis against possible landslides as monsoon rains intensified.
According to Tolentino, soil has been saturated by floodwater following the torrential rains that pummeled the metropolis since Sunday.
He asked the engineering department from different cities to make an assessment in landslide-prone areas.
Tolentino cited that August last year, non-stop rain caused a landslide in Litex, Barangay Commonwealth, Fairview, near Payatas in Quezon City, killing 9 and leaving 3 injured.
Tolentino also ordered to deploy a number of rescue teams and flood control personnel all over the metropolis to help assist the local government units in flooded areas where evacuation of residents is needed.
Earlier, the MMDA also sent two rescue teams to Imus and Rosario in Cavite to help in the ongoing relief operations for communities submerged by heavy floods.
The 10-man rescue team is equipped with two rubber boats to reach the isolated residents and hand over relief goods. They will work in coordination with the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Another elite 10-man team was also sent to Imus upon the request of Imus City Mayor Manny Maliksi to help in the evacuation efforts and augment the municipal government’s rescue and relief units. The team is equipped with two 6×6 trucks, according to Tolentino.
“People won’t leave their homes so we’re going there to give them food and try to convince them to evacuate,” Tolentino said as he gave final instructions to the MMDA rescue team departing for Cavite.
The MMDA chief said the coastal village was a virtual water world as the floodwaters have mixed with the waters of Manila Bay, almost burying the entire community.