MMDA: Metro Manila clogged drainage causes flood and traffic
Posted: 2011-Jun-25 13.41.38 UTC+0800
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority admitted, on Thursday, that clogged drainage systems and unfinished road repairs are also to be blamed for the flood and heavy traffics that Metro Manila recently had to experience.
Hundreds of commuters were also stranded.
MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino said that the drainage system of Metro Manila was not able to accomodate the heavy rains brought by typhoon "Falcon" due to the fact that it was clogged with garbage.
Tolentino, however assured the public that they are doing something in order to solve the problem.
Tolentino added, "No excuses. We have to improve to prevent the repeat of what happened last night."
He added that they are doing their best to clear the 580-kilometer waterway in the capital.
On Friday they positioned about 350 volunteers to handle traffic and help out in the evacuation of residents in flood-prone areas in Marikina, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela.