Marikina Earns Praise for Evacuation Tents

Each modular tent can fit up to seven people.

(SPOT.ph) Thousands of Marikina residents were forced to leave their homes and seek shelter in evacuation centers due to the heavy floods brought about by Typhoon Karding. In a news report, Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said that around 4,736 families, or 21,103 residents of Marikina's riverside communities, were at the evacuation centers. The forced evacuations began on 11 p.m. of August 11, when the Marikina River reached the third alarm with a critical water level of 20.4 meters.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development donated around 20,000 packs of grocery relief goods and 670 sleeping bags and blankets. The evacuees were housed in modular tents with four walls and an open roof—each tent can accommodate up to seven people. The Marikina local government unit was praised online for their use of modular tents in evacuation centers, and some expressed hope that this would be standard procedure in other cities in case of evacuation.

Typhoon Karding drew a lot of comparisons with Typhoon Ondoy. In 2009, the Marikina River's water level reached an all-time high of 23 meters due to Ondoy's monsoon rains.

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