For Marikina, Ulysses Might Be Worse Than Ondoy

'Kukuha sana ako ng puno ng saging gagawin kong bangka para ililigtas ko yung pamilya ko... Natangay ako sa tubig.'
IMAGE Jerome Ascano

On Wednesday night, no one in Marikina slept. Howling winds and torrential rains battered almost every corner of Luzon, and in Marikina, the rain collected in the living rooms of thousands of residents. After an endless night of rising water levels in homes and streets, the morning revealed the extent of the damage.

Hundreds of families are still left stranded inside—or on top of—their homes. The local government and other government officials continue to mobilize rescue boats to save the people they can. Yet the situation has intensified that air rescue is now being requested.

And Marikina River keeps rising.

According to the Marikina Public Information Office, Marikina River has officially exceeded the level it reached during the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. Water levels are now at 22 meters, past the Ondoy level of 21.5 meters. Some say Ondoy reached 23 meters, and it looks like Typhoon Ulysses is catching up.

The water has almost reached the tracks of the LRT-2.


Now, the public and private sector are working together to rescue stranded people, like the family of a Marikina resident who tried to save his family, but was carried away by the flood.

Kukuha sana ako ng puno ng saging gagawin kong bangka para ililigtas ko yung pamilya ko... Natangay ako sa tubig,” said the resident in a video.

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The overflowing river, the flooded houses, the roads that are now lakes—it’s all too similar to the days of Ondoy, which also arrived in the metro like a thief in the night.   

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