By Jel Santos

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Monday (June 15) they are prepared for the rainy season, saying there was no let-up in their declogging operations at drainages in the metropolis despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

IMG 085e1bfc21488dfcc435ed5843b22423 V - MMDA gears up for rainy season; 64 pumping stations in Metro Manila on standby

(Photo from MMDA)

Earlier, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced the beginning of the rainy season.

“Flood control is part of our mandate in the MMDA which is why our agency continued declogging operations despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” MMDA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago said.

The MMDA, she said, has a total of 64 pumping stations which are all operational all over Metro Manila to control the flood level at identified flood-prone areas.

“Because of our pumping stations, the flood water at flood-prone areas subsides faster, in just less than an hour; [but] still depending on the volume of rain,” the MMDA spokesperson said.

“Our men monitor the pumping stations 24/7, ensuring the flood water will subside quickly,” she added.

In the past few days, Pialago said that the flood level in Metro Manila only reached “gutter deep” or at about eight inches.

The MMDA spokesperson said they conduct cleaning operations at drainages every day to prevent clogging.

“There is no let-up in our declogging operations in Metro Manila, our men clean drainages every day without fail,” she said.

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