Habagat causes flood in some parts of NCR

September 16, 2013 8:32 am 

MANILA, Sept. 15 — Due rains brought by southwest monsoon some areas were flooded in parts of Metro Manila on Sunday evening, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said.

In a Twitter advisory, MMDA said that as of 8:14 p.m. Sunday that R. Papa has 18 inches deep flood waters while as of 8:04 p.m. Taft Quirino Vito Cruz has knee deep flood.

As of 5:56 p.m. P. Gil Taft has knee deep while around 5:22p.m. Araneta Victory-not passable to light vehicles.

Meanwhile, in radio report said the floods in parts of Quezon City have begun to subside, although local government rescue teams prepared rubber boats to help affected residents.

Floods reached waist-level in some parts of Quezon City Sunday afternoon.

In other related development, MMDA Traffic Discipline head Francisco Manalo urged the public to report to them traffic enforcers who are "missing in action" every time there is a heavy rainfall.

“I would like to know, please report to us where locations so we can investigate who are assigned MMDA traffic enforcers,” he said.

He added that abandonment of post is a grave offense that will result to the imposition of administrative charges, including suspension and possible dismissal from the service.

Manalo issued the warning in reaction to the observation made by Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza that traffic enforcers “disappear” during floods and traffic jams.

But Manalo said that they have assigned traffic enforcers in various posts.

"We have traffic enforcers deployed in various areas and perhaps they were not identified because they wear raincoat, pochos or maybe just taking cover during heavy rainfall," said Manalo.

He also clarified that traffic enforcers are only deployed on major thoroughfares while traffic officials of local government units (LGUs) man the secondary roads.

However, the official also admitted that the traffic enforcers lack rain gears, needed during heavy rains.

"In a matter of three months, they are worn out. We not have enough budget to buy all these things for our enforcers,” he said.

Manalo said the traffic enforcers and flood control personnel are working hand in hand in order to address flooding and traffic problems, especially during heavy rains. (PNA)

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