September 25, 2017, 1:40 am
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Nine more reported dead from ‘Maring’

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council yesterday said nine more persons were reported to have died from tropical depression “Maring” which flooded many areas in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon last Tuesday.

But the NDRRMC has yet to include the nine in its official death toll because these new cases are still being verified, said spokeswoman Romina Marasigan.

She said the official death toll remained at five yesterday -- two landslide victims in Rizal, a landslide victim in Lucena, a drowning victim in Pasay and another drowning victim in Cavite.

Marasigan said the nine reported fatalities are from Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Mimaropa and they supposedly died of drowning and from landslides.

The NDRRMC said five persons from Calamba City remained missing. They were reported to have been swept by floodwaters. Their eight other companions have been rescued.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said improper garbage proposal remains the main cause of flooding in the metropolis. 

Eight of the 17 cities in Metro Manila were flooded last Tuesday.

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim visited the agency’s pumping stations last Wednesday and found that despite the efforts of the agency to clean creeks, informal settlers still throw garbage in the waterways and in drainage systems. 

He said pumping stations will malfunction if informal settlers will continue throwing garbage in waterways. 

The MMDA Flood Control Center said the pumping stations suck out garbage last Tuesday instead of the flood waters. 

Last June, the MMDA reminded restaurant owners in Metro Manila to dispose of their wastes properly to avoid flooding.

MMDA general manager Thomas Orbos said many restaurants and establishments throw food wastes directly to the drainage systems, causing flood in the area during heavy rains. 

Lim has also urged hotel owners to clean their drainage systems. He said many sewers in the metropolis are clogged since some establishments throw solidified oil.  

The MMDA has 54 pumping stations. Of this number, 14 have been upgraded to increase water suction from creeks.

The 14 upgraded pumping stations are located in Makati; Libertad and Tripa de Galina in Pasay; Hagonoy and Wawa in Taguig; Quiapo, Binondo, Aviles, Valencia, Paco, Sta. Clara, Balete, Arroceros, and Pandacan in Manila.

The flood-prone areas in Metro Manila are Sampaloc, Quiapo, and Rizal Avenue corner R. Papa in Manila; Makati Diversion Channel and South Superhighway-Buendia in Makati; Maysilo Circle-Boni Ave., Kalentong St., New Panaderos St., Shaw Boulevard, and Acacia Lane in Mandaluyong; Barangay Doña Imelda, Damayang Lagi, Tatalon, and Talayan in Quezon City; and Ninoy Aquino Ave. in Parañaque City. – With Evan Orias
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