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MANILA, Philippines - The gauging station in Montalban showed that water level there has reached 28.14 meters, high enough to endanger Marikina further, Benito Ramos of the National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) told TV5's Good Morning Club.
At the same time, Ramos is still confirming reports that the watershed in Montalban, Rizal has already given way.
"Wala pa kaming confirmation dito kung bumigay na o hindi. Sa katunayan, ang natanggap lang namin na information galing DOST ay yung gauging station ng Montalban ay umabot na ng 28.14 so apektado lahat ng nandito sa Marikina,” he said.
“Nandito ako ngayon sa likod ng City Hall so nakita ko yung status ng ilog bandang alas tres, umaapaw na nga talaga. Nababahala na rin ang mga tao dito at ito nga ay meron na kaming augmentation forces dito sa local respondents (I’m here now at the back of the city hall so I can see the status of the river as of 3 a.m. when it overflowed. The people here are anxious and right now we have augmentation forces of local respondents here),” he added.
According to NDRRMC, the gauging station in Montalban, Rizal was at 27.6 meters on Wednesday and reached 28.14 meters Thursday morning. Already at critical level, it continues to rise due to torrential rains.
"Ibig sabihin tumaas ng bahagya at apekatado yung mga mabababang lugar dito sa Marikina. Kaya lumagpas na po dun sa level 3, level 4 na po. Yung mga kababayan dito ay tumutugon na sa request natin na kung pwede ay lumikas na dito. Okay ang mga attitude ng tao dito (This means that the water level has risen a little and those who live in lower areas of Marikina are affected. The level has also gone beyond level 3 and is now at level 4. Our countrymen have been responding to our request for them to evacuate the place. Their attitude has been OK)," Ramos said.
Help from other regions
As Marikina is at high risk, the joint task force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is in the city to monitor the situation, Ramos said.
Aside from Marikina, the NDRRMC is also monitoring the situation in other areas like Manila Bay and Bulacan.
Ramos said provincial governments, rescuers, local respondents, and other national government agencies are extending their help to those affected. Among them are rescuers from Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), Region 3 (Central Luzon), Region 4-A (Southern Tagalog Region), Metro Manila, Bicol, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), provincial government of Tarlac, the cities of Santiago at Cauayan in Isabela.