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Mayor Sandoval says super typhoon evacuees now safely back home

Malabon City Mayor Jeannie Sandoval leads the relief and hot meals distribution for the 22 families and 83 individuals affected by Super Typhoon Karding in Barangay Tañong on Monday. (Photos courtesy of Mayor Jeannie Sandoval Facebook)

MANILA, (PIA) -- Malabon City Mayor Jeannie Sandoval today reported that all the 1,000 plus evacuees sheltered by the local government before the onslaught of Super Typhoon Karding over the weekend are now safely back home.

"Aksyon agad ang ating naging tugon sa hamong hatid na ito ng Super Typhoon #KardingPH. Bagaman palabas na ang bagyo sa bansa, patuloy tayong magiging alerto, lalo na sa lebel ng tubig dulot pa rin ng patuloy na pag-ulan (Our response to this challenge brought by Super Typhoon #KardingPH was immediate action. Although the typhoon has left the country, we will continue to be alert, especially with the rising water levels caused by the continuous rains)," the mayor said on her official Facebook Page.

Sandoval on Sunday ordered a preemptive evacuation of residents in low-lying and hazard-prone areas of Malabon City due to the threat of the 215 km/h Super Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru).

The Malabon City Government has prepared 11 evacuation sites with a total of 72 relief shelters, which catered to over 1,000 people from families and individuals who needed to take refuge from "Karding."

Mayor Jeannie earlier that day also convened the Malabon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MCDRRMC) to ensure that everyone is able to provide immediate assistance especially to the communities located in low-lying areas and along waterways.

Bracing for tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) no. 4, Malabon’s 21 barangay councils were also mobilized to ensure that the people residing in their respective baranggays are made aware on how they can be kept safe,

Tullahan River, which is primarily under threat of strong water surge from Central Luzon runs along Barangays Santulan, Maysilo, Tinajeros and Potrero, flows through Malabon River along Barangays Catmon, Concepcion, Ibaba, San Agustin, Tañong and Longos, and along Baritan, Bayan-bayanan, Hulong Duhat and Dampalit to the Manila Bay.

Minor creeks and canals also traverse the rest of the city’s districts putting residents at risk.

Flooding in major thoroughfares were 6-inches high at some portions of C-Arellano, Gov. Pascual, P. Aquino and M.H. Del Pilar. Water levels were kept low as the City Engineering Department maintained the floodgates and pumping stations throughout the night.

Evacuees started to return home early Monday morning as Karding seemingly weakened.

The City Social Welfare and Development Department (CSWDD) led by OIC Lorelei Soriano distributed cooked meals and relief food packs containing rice and various grocery items, for the evacuees to bring home.

Additionally, CENRO, DRRM, and City Engineering were at work clearing the debris, declogging the gutters, and cutting broken branches to ensure the safety of each of its communities. (PIA-NCR)

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