- Strong rains have left more than 7,000 people to stay in evacuation centers
- Mayor Marcelino Teodoro of Marikina advised evacuees to remain in the centers until they are assured of the safety of low-lying areas
- If the weather improves, evacuees can go back to their homes
Although the water levels have already subsided, more than 7,000 individuals still remain in the evacuation areas as advised by Mayor Marcelino Teodoro.
While the water levels at the Marikina River have already gone down, the mayor still said that those who live in low-lying areas must not return to their homes for torrential rains are still expected to occur.
According to the mayor, since the water is at 14.9 meters above sea level, it means that the alert level is still on, and therefore not safe for people to go back to their homes. Staying at the evacuation areas, which is a safe place is still the best area to be.
It was just on Friday that Alert level 1 was raised. This came about following the rise of the water, reaching 15 meters above sea level. At this juncture, all the floodgates have already been opened.
The rise in the water levels necessitates caution in exercising judgment whether to have people return to their homes or stay at the evacuation centers. According to authorities, residents can return home the moment the weather gets better.
After the waters have subsided, workers from the city cleaned up the mud that was left at the riverbanks.
Aside from the cleanup drive, the mayor said that they are keeping a close watch on the amount of rainfall especially in the mountain areas close to Marikina.
“Kapag malakas ang ulan sa taas, may isang oras hanggang dalawang oras because of the water retention capacity of the Marikina water shed,” said Mayor Teodoro.
With regards to the suspension of classes, it will just be announced within the day. – SD, Kami Media