METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim sought the assistance of several local government units in the National Capital Region (NCR) to aid cities like Marikina which have been severely devastated by typhoon Ulysses.
In a virtual meeting conducted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) early Thursday, Lim said the agency requested non-affected LGUs to extend assistance to other local government units like Marikina.
“Since last night, we accommodated all requests for assistance such as deployment of rubber boats and dump trucks to the affected areas. We will help with whatever assets we can generate,” said Lim who is also the concurrent chair of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Lim added the agency assisted the rescue operations of Marikina for its residents stranded in their homes. Two rubber boats were deployed in the said area while one dump truck is stationed at the Katipunan-Aurora staging area.
A total of 692 MMDA personnel were deployed to various areas in Metro Manila for typhoon ‘Ulysses’ operations. Ambulances, rubber boats, truck-mounted cranes, backhoes, water pumps, and rescue equipment were likewise dispatched to different areas in the metropolis.
Lim encouraged the public to take necessary precautions and to heed the call of LGUs for preemptive evacuation whenever there is a typhoon.
The MMDA has placed its personnel on red alert since Wednesday in preparation for typhoon Ulysses’ onslaught.
Heavy rains from Typhoon Ulysses have caused massive flooding in many areas in Metro Manila and in nearby provinces.