Over 22,000 still in Marikina evacuation centers despite lower water levels

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Residents have compared the recent floods to the intensity of Typhoon "Ondoy" in 2009, which held record-breaking floods causing the Marikina River to rise until approximately 23 meters and forcing the evacuation of over 22,000 residents of Marikina City alone.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) —  More than 22,000 residents of Marikina City continue to stay in evacuation centers despite a drop in the river's water levels due to fears of continued flooding.

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro told CNN Philippines on Monday that those in the 18 evacuation centers worry that the floods may be similar to that of Typhoon "Ondoy." He added some of the areas from where the families came from are still flooded.

Netizens have lauded the city's response to the calamity, particularly the use of modular tents in five of its evacuation centers.

READ: Netizens laud Marikina LGU for innovative evacuation tents

The city received over 20,000 grocery packs, and 670 sleeping mats with blankets for the evacuees.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque also gave the city an additional 5,000 doxycycline tablets, which will serve as prophylaxis for those exposed to floods in order to avoid contracting leptospirosis.

CNN Philippines' Correspondent Xianne Arcangel contributed to this report.