Marikina evacuees allowed to return home

Posted at 08/10/2012 7:46 AM | Updated as of 08/10/2012 11:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Marikina authorities are now allowing evacuees in the city to go back to their homes as floods subsided in most parts of the city.

Marikina City Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz said as of 5:30 a.m. Friday, water level at the Marikina river was at 15.2 meters above sea level.

Cadiz said rescue officials told residents to keep monitoring the situation in their area.

“Of course, bibigyan na natin ng green light ang residente na bumaba at
linisin ang tahanan. With the warning na kapag [umabot muli] sa first alarm, they should readily go back sa mga evacaution centers," Cadiz told ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda.

Before dawn Thursday, residents in low-lying areas were told to evacuate after the river's water level rose to as high as 20.6 meters above sea level. But a few hours later, the water level was reported to have gone down.

Cadiz said it was fortunate that no one among his constituents died at the height of flooding.

Some residents chose to remain inside evacuation residents as flood waters in their area have yet to fully subside.

Cadiz, meanwhile, appealed to volunteers to course their donations through the city's rescue headquarters at the Marikina City Sports Complex for an orderly distribution of relief goods.

“The Marikina command center was set up to synchronize everything. Kami ang nakakaalam ng mga komunidad na pinaka-nangangailangan ng tulong," he said.