Rains flood 18 areas in Metro Manila

Posted at 06/09/11 8:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Non-stop rains brought by tropical depression “Dodong” flooded 18 sites in Metro Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

The figure was 10 more than the 8 flood-prone areas identified by the MMDA in November 2010.

MMDA spokesperson Tina Velasco told ANC on Thursday that various teams from the agency have been working round the clock in declogging sewages, rerouting traffic and assisting affected communities.

However, Velasco admitted that the consequences of rapid urbanization are too great for the MMDA to address alone.

“The DPWH is working on a Metro Manila flood control plan, which requires a huge amount of investment. The MMDA cannot do this alone. It’s really important for us to get to the bottom of upgrading our pipelines, which would require some road engineering where necessary. So even if the MMDA forms a hundred Bayanihan Zone alliances, it is not going to solve our floods, it is more of empowering our communities to be on alert in their respective communities,” she said.

Velasco added that for the remainder of the rainy season, the public should expect more floods.

“Unfortunately, that is the situation but the MMDA is definitely where the action is, where the floods are. Our team is working beyond 24 hours. That’s the best that we can do at this point,” she said.

Public Storm Warning Signal no. 1 was raised by weather bureau PAGASA over Metro Manila and 6 other provinces including Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Tarlac and Pangasinan Thursday morning.

The storm signal was lifted in Cavite and Metro Manila by Thursday afternoon.

Dodong will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by tomorrow, PAGASA said. However, the weather disturbance's outer bands may still bring light to moderate rain over areas in western Luzon. -- With a report from ANC