DUE to continous downpour that caused heavy flooding, Marikina City was placed under a state of calamity by Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro Sunday afternoon.
“It’s been raining very hard for a week now. This is why we declared a state of calamity. Most of my constituents failed to report for work because of the flooding and heavy rains,” he said in Filipino in an interview over DZBB.
He also suspended all classes in all levels (private and public) on July 23.
“Because of the anticipated inclement weather tomorrow (today), classes are suspended as schools are currently being used as evacuation centers. As such, Marikina River is at critical level. All are advised to be alert and take caution,” Teodoro said.
At least 1,000 families in the city were evacuated.
As of 12 noon yesterday, 1,180 families proceeded to designated evacuation centers, the biggest of which is the Malanday Elementary School.
The continuous rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon or Habagat, as enhanced by Tropical Depression Josie, caused the water level to reach 17.4 meters at 10:30 a.m.
An hour later, the water level decreased to the 16.9 meter mark, remaining at second alarm.
Teodoro said the families came from Bayabas Balimbing in Bgy. Nangka, Talisay and Narra Street in Malanday, and Kislap/Ilaw Doña Petra in Bgy. Tumana.
Teodoro said they are expecting to evacuate around 3,000 families once the water level reaches third alarm at 18 meters.
“Based on our previous experience, maaaring umabot ng mga 3,000 ang lilikas kapag umabot ng 18 meters water level,” he told CNN Philippines.
Teodoro advised residents to exercise caution and to follow government instructions, as they continue to monitor the Marikina River and other affected areas.
“Maging maingat tayo, makinig at sumunod sa mga tagubilin ng ating pamahalaan. Ang binabantayan natin ang Marikina River and pag-ulan sa mga kabundukan sa paligid ng Marikina,” he said.
Weather officials said Josie will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon bringing rains over Metro Manila, as it exits the country this afternoon.