Cleanup along Roxas Blvd begins

Posted at 09/28/11 10:50 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Manila City engineer’s office will try to repair 20 meters of seawall along Roxas Boulevard that were destroyed by strong waves on Tuesday.

Tiles on the Baywalk area were also damaged as waves toppled dozens of trees.

Weather bureau PAGASA said the floods in the city were caused by a storm surge, where seawater rushes towards the coast because of strong winds.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is helping with the cleanup drive.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said, “Medyo madami dami po ito…yan po ang pagtutulungan namin ni [Mayor Alfredo Lim] at mga kawani ng Manila City hall…yun pong magagamit, ay ibibigay namin sa handricrafts. Yung iba, diretso sa sanitary landfill…rehabilitation area ng mga puno na pwede pang mabuhay."

Manila City officials, meanwhile, have been distributing food stubs to residents affected by floods.

At the Ospital ng Maynila, operations are back to normal, with the hospital already accepting patients.

The emergency room, however, had to be moved to the second floor. At the height of Pedring, patients had to be evacuated since water entered the ground floor, flooding the emergency room and the building's generators.

Some patients had to be transferred to other hospitals. - ANC