MMDA asks unaffected LGUs to aid badly devastated areas like Marikina

Published November 12, 2020, 3:25 PM

by Jel Santos

Unaffected local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) were asked by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to give assistance to cities like Marikina, which have been severely devastated by typhoon “Ulysses.”

MMDA Chairman Danilo “Danny” Lim, during a virtual meeting of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) today, Nov. 12, sought the aid of unaffected LGUs to cities badly devastated by the typhoon.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and concurrent Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Chairman Danilo “Danny” Lim (FACEBOOK/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Since last night, we accommodated all requests for assistance such as deployment of rubber boats and dump trucks to the affected areas. We will help with whatever assets we can generate,” Lim, who is also the concurrent chairman of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said.

He added that the MMDA is assisting with rescue operations in Marikina for residents stranded in their homes.

The agency deployed two rubber boats in Marikina, while one dump truck has been stationed at the Katipunan-Aurora staging area.

As of writing, a total of 692 MMDA personnel have been dispatched to various areas in Metro Manila for typhoon operations.

Ambulances, rubber boats, truck-mounted cranes, backhoes, water pumps, and rescue equipment were likewise dispatched to different areas in the metropolis, the MMDA said.

Meantime, Lim called on the public to take necessary precautions and to heed the call of LGUs for preemptive evacuation whenever there is a typhoon. 

The agency has also monitored many areas in the metropolis flooded by the typhoon’s downpour.