Rescue Efforts Underway in Marikina and Rizal towns

Photo courtesy of Chito Gascon

Floodwaters from the overflowing Marikina River began to rise at around six in the morning today, even breaching the second floors of most houses in the city. The city’s main avenue, A. Bonifacio avenue, went under waist-deep waters, banning any entry and use of any kind of motorized vehicles.

Residents compared their experience with that of Ondoy. They said Ulysses appeared much stronger and brought more rains compared with previous typhoons. Pagasa says as much as 300 millimeter rains inundated huge portions of the Pasig-Marikina basin.

Old-timers in Marikina says this flooding is unusual because it stays longer and much higher than previous years.

Many residents wait for rescue teams from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) at their rooftops already. Pagasa reports that other areas as well are under critical levels. Marcos Highway, the main artery road going to Antipolo is currently at 20 meter levels that breached the 16.5 meter mark already.

Along Sumulong highway, again an artery road that links Marikina with Antipolo, residents reported from waist to neck-deep waters.



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