Some 30,000 houses were submerged in floodwaters’ from Typhoon Ulysses’ rampage in the city of Marikina on Thursday morning. Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, noting the locality’s insufficient resources to respond to everyone, called on national government for assistance.
Teodoro said he has spoken with the Philippine Coast Guard and the national disaster council as the city’s 50 rubber boats are not enough as residents climbed on rooftops due to rising floodwaters.
“Air rescue ang kailangan dahil nasa bubong ang mga kababayan natin ngayon,” he added.
[We need air rescue as there are residents stayed on their rooftops due to high floodwater.]
Marikina River’s water level rose to 21.8 meters, higher than its level during Typhoon Ondoy at 21.5 meters, Teodoro said.
“Ang taas ng baha ay lagpas sa unang palapag ng bahay…Ilang buwan na o taon na hindi kami nakakaranas ng ganitong baha kaya nabigla ang lahat,” he said.
[Floodwaters have submerged the first floor of houses…We have not experienced this kind of flood in months or years so we were all surprised.]
The Marikina PIO Facebook page said Marikina River water level is 21.9 meters as of 9:37 a.m.