Thousands evacuated from Calabarzon, Metro Manila due to heavy rains

Published August 12, 2018, 12:01 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Martin Sadongdong

Tens of thousands were evacuated as heavy rains caused by southwest monsoon continue to hit Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region and Metro Manila on Sunday morning, police said.

At Concepcion Integrated Elementary Schoo Marikina some evacuees from Brgy. Tumana residents affected where over flow the water river due to non-stop raining from typhoon karding last last night. (Aug.11,2018) (Photo By Manny Llanes/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Residents from Brgy. Tumana evacuates at Concepcion Integrated Elementary School in Marikina due to non-stop raining from typhoon Karding last night. (Aug.11,2018) (Manny Llanes/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Superintendent Chitadel Gaoiran, spokesperson of the Calabarzon Police Regional Office (PRO-4A), said a total of 19,634 individuals were evacuated in Rizal and Cavite provinces as of 10 a.m.

Most affected were the residents in Rodriguez, Rizal where 10,065 individuals were evacuated while 9,031 persons residents were told to leave their houses in San Mateo due to deep floods. The evacuees were housed in a total of 624 temporary shelters all throughout the region.

The persistent rains also caused floods in at least 10 barangays in San Mateo, five in Rodriguez, four in Antipolo and another one in Cainta.

Gaoiran said search and rescue operations were on-going to save 1,000 more individuals in Antipolo and at least 13 more in Calatagan, Batangas where three ships were stranded in ports.

Several roads were also deemed not passable due to flooding particularly along Vermont Park Creek, Marcos Highway in Barrio Mayamot, Antipolo; and Kambal Road Guitnang Bayan 1, Patiis Road in Barrio Malanday and Pelbel, Santa Ana in San Mateo.

Meanwhile, Imelda Avenue in Barrio San Isidro, Cainta was not passable for light vehicles.

‘Ondoy-like’

In Metro Manila, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar inspected the Rescue 161 Central Communication and Command Center in Marikina City to check on the situation in the entire region.

He said the number of evacuees peaked at 34,426 in Metro Manila and they were temporarily sheltered in 92 evacuation centers.

“We expect that they will be given immediate help by the concerned local government units,” Eleazar said in a radio interview.

Eleazar particularly monitored the situation in Marikina City where thousands of residents were evacuated due to the rise in the water level of the Marikina River.

“We are particularly monitoring this area because officials said the [Marikina River] nearly registered the water level that the residents experienced during Typhoon Ondoy which is 23 meters. It was like two meters more and they will already reach that situation,” he explained.

He said search and rescue operations were on-going in areas submerged in flood water.

Augmentation forces from the Joint Task Force-NCR, the Philippine Marines and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) were already deployed to help the local police forces in search and rescue operations.

 
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