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Marikina declares state of calamity; residents compare habagat to Ondoy

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Evacuees at Malanday Elementary School in Marikina City (Grace Casin / UNTV News & Rescue)

The water level in Marikina River quickly rose to over 20 meters on Saturday, August 11 – not far from the 23 meters recorded during Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.

Residents had to be rescued from their homes as houses and cars alike were rapidly being submerged in rising floodwaters.

Fear gripped residents as they were reminded of Typhoon Ondoy’s onslaught in 2009.

One of the rescued residents, Nena Dagalea said, “Ang tubig talagang rumaragasa. Yung pintuan namin talaang pumapasok ang tubig… kaya naisip ko ano ba yan babalik nanaman tayo sa Ondoy.”

Leonora Martiez,another Marikina resident, shared the same, “Talagang biglang taas ng tubig bigla lang.”

On Sunday morning, there was a slight drop in the water level as floodwaters began to subside,

Marikina has declared a state of calamity as seventy percent of the city is inundated by floodwaters.

Around 40,000 individuals fled to evacuation centers according to its public information office (PIO)

The Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed relief goods on Sunday night to affected families.

The local government also put up tents that can fit two to four families to allow them privacy and a proper rest.

“Para kahit papaano hindi siksikan may dignidad parin sila kahit nasa ganoong lugar parin sila,”
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said.

Evacuees were also given free doxycycline shots as a precautionary measure against leptospirosis.

“Lumusong o hindi lalo na yung may open wound mas kailangan nila ito,” said Dr. Cristie Sy of the Marikina City Health Department, – Grace Casin

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2 residents electrocuted after a tornado hit Marikina City

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Saturday, September 15th, 2018

A tornado causes an explosion after destroying an electrical infrastructure in Brgy. Sta. Elena, Marikina City as seen from the video of John Clyde Palacios.

MARIKINA CITY, Philippines – Residents of Marikina City were stunned after a tornado that developed from the lashing rains swept through houses in barangays San Roque and Santa Elena on Friday afternoon (September 14).

Two residents were hurt after a high tension wire broke and dropped over them also causing explosions and power interruptions.

“Iyong babaeng kinuha ko, ang tingin ko, ang sunog niya sa likod is parang second degree burn, parang mga ganoon, o third. Talagang kulay puti na siya na parang may tuldok-tuldok. Iyong lalaki, sa paa ang tama niya. Parang tinamaan lang ng parang spark ang paa niya na parang nagpabagsak sa kaniya pero buhay naman,” explained Junior Burt De Jesus, a barangay councilman in Sta. Elena, Marikina City.

The two were immediately rushed to the hospital. The incident led to power interruptions in Barangay San Roque, Santa Elena, Calumpang, Malanday, Barangka and  Tanyong.

Power lines are expected to be restored on Saturday (September 15). – Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo

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#TyphoonMaymay out of PAR yet stirs up habagat

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Satellite image as of September 3, 2018 9:40 a.m. | PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Maymay left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday (September 3).

PAGASA has last seen the weather system at 1,330 kilometers (km) east-northeast of extreme Northern Luzon.

It packs maximum sustained winds of 180 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 220 kilometers per hour (kph).

The typhoon is moving north-northwestward with a speed of 29 kilometers per hour (kph).

PAGASA said it has no direct effect to the country, however, it is slightly stirring the southwest monsoon which is currently affecting the country.

Based on the estimation of the weather bureau, scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Visayas.

PAGASA warns that heavy rains may trigger flooding and landslides in low-lying areas.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country may expect generally fair weather with isolated thunderstorms. — UNTV News & Rescue

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#WalangPasok: Class suspensions on Monday, September 3, 2018

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 3rd, 2018


MANILA, Philippines –Classes have been suspended in some parts of Metro Manila and Calabarzon due to bad weather caused by southwest monsoon (habagat).

Here’s the list of class suspensions for September 3, 2018:


City of Manila – all levels, public and private
Pasay City – all levels, public and private
Navotas City – all levels, public and private
Malabon City – all levels, public and private
Marikina City – all levels, public and private
Quezon City – all levels, public and private
Caloocan City – all levels, public and private


Cainta, Rizal – all levels, public and private
San Mateo, Rizal – all levels, public and private
Taytay Rizal – all levels, public and private

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