MANILA – Rescue boats were deployed in Marikina City with most of the city submerged in floods and as the river rose to near levels not seen since Tropical Storm Ondoy, its mayor said Sunday.
The Marikina River was 20 meters deep as of midnight, compared to the 23 meters recorded during Ondoy, which devastated the capital in September 2009, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro told DZMM.
Monsoon rains inundated vast swaths of Luzon, including Metro Manila, on Saturday and the deluge is expected to continue in the coming days due to the southwest monsoon
“Talagang hindi ito ordinary. Talagang kakaiba ito (This is not ordinary. This is extraordinary),” Teodoro said.
“Halos lahat ng lugar sa Marikina ngayon merong tubig (Almost the entire Marikina is under water),” he said.
Teodoro appealed for donations of food, water, blankets and clothes.
Ondoy submerged vast swaths of Metro Manila in September 2009, leaving 464 people killed. In 2012, monsoon rains brought flooding to 80 percent of the capital and killed at least 66 people.