Marikina City is under a state of calamity following floods brought about by Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco), Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said on Friday, November 13.
In an interview with DZMM, Teodoro said that he declared a state of calamity not only so that the government can respond, but so residents can also apply for emergency or calamity loans in order to recover.
At the time of the interview, parts of the city didn’t have electricity, cellphone signal, or internet connectivity. As such, Teodoro said he has also suspended distance learning until the following week.
The Marikina River water level rose to 22 meters on Thursday, November 12, as Ulysses moved inland before dawn on Thursday. This level surpasses the 21.5–meter level it reached during Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009.
The city was working to evacuate at least 3,000 families or some 15,000 people on Thursday morning.
On Friday, November 13, Ulysses weakened into a severe tropical storm as it was leaving the Philippine Area of Responsibility. – Rappler.com