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MMDA gets reinforcement in flood rescue operations

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, August 9 — Augmented by soldiers, volunteers and additional rubber boats, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday got needed boost in their flood rescue operations.

According to MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez, the soldiers augmentation came from Cagayan, Central Luzon, Region 4-B and Albay which also brought with them rubber boats and water treatment equipment.

Jimenez said the agency’s two water treatment machines have already been deployed to Marikina City.

She added that MMDA volunteers who have earlier been trained by the agency in water emergency rescue, also reported for duty on Wednesday.

“We have deployed them to the different barangays and to the various command posts across Metro Manila,” said Jimenez.

Jimenez advised volunteers that it is best for them to not leave their barangays and just render assistance there if these are still flooded.

In related development, the agency’s Flood Control Information Center (FCIC) reported as of 2:55 pm, the north-bound lane of the Nagtahan flyover towards Lacson St. (formerly Governor Forbes) was closed to traffic because of deep flooding.

Also not passable to all types of vehicles as of Wednesday afternoon were Recto Avenue to SH Loyola St. in Manila; Lerma St. and Ongpin St. which are both still submerged in waist-deep flood.

All roads in Marikina City however were reported as passable to all types of vehicles, except for Gil Fernando Avenue.

Meanwhile in Quezon City, Araneta Avenue-Kaliraya; Araneta Avenue -Talayan, and Araneta Avenue-Ma. Clara St. remained not passable to all types of vehicles. (PNA)

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