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Marikina mayor says 45% of the roads cleared of debris

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Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro said Tuesday that 45 percent of the 2,452 roads covered by debris following the heavy flooding caused by typhoon Ulysses have been cleared.

In an interview with Daily Tribune’s Straight Talk, Teodoro added that the debris and garbage brought by the flooding are equivalent to one and a half years of garbage being generated by the city.

“Yung debris malaking challenge din. At 2,452 na kalsada ang kailangang i-clear both sa major and minor roads, 450 kilometers or 918,000 cubic meters na debris ang kailangang hakutin katumbas ito ng one and a half na taon na volume ng basura, ganito kalaki ang dapat hakutin,” Teodoro explained.

Teodoro said normally, it will take four months to clear all the roads from the debris but the city government worked double-time to hasten the clearing.

“We are hoping to continue this effort para sa ganun bago matapos ang buwan o pagpasok ng December ready nang ma-access safely ang ating mga kalsadahan pati mga interior alleys and secondary roads,” he added.

At present, Teodoro said there are still 1,000 families who are temporarily staying in evacuation centers.

“Meron tayong 48 na evacution centers hindi makauwi ang mga pamilyang ito dahil ang dadaanan sa kanilang mga kabahayan ay nakalubog pa sa putik. Wala nang baha pero makapal na putik ang naiwan at maraming debris ang nasa kalsada ngayon,” according to Teodoro.

He said at least 500 to 600 houses were destroyed by the flooding.

“Yung iba partial pero marami rito damaged. Nung aming binilang ay may nakita kaming sira mula 500 hanggang 600 mga kabahayan,” he said.

The local government is also addressing the sanitation issue in view of the threat of a possible outbreak of diseases like leptospirosis, cholera and other respiratory illenesses.

“Ang malaking problema ay yung sanitation issues kaya gusto nating mahakot agad kaya habang hindi nahahakot ay dini-disinfect natin ang naiwang debris dahil nasa gitna rin tayo ng pandemya,” Teodoro said.

Teodoro said a state of calamity was also declared for affected residents to avail of government emergency programs such as calamity loans from Social Security Sustem (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (SSS) and Pag-ibig.

At the same time, Teodoro assured that residents can stay at the evacuation centers until their houses are fixed.

“Walang tanung o walang deadline ang pagtira sa mga evacuation centers hanggang maiayos natin ang kanilang mga kabahayan,” he said.

 

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