Marikina City sustained losses reaching P30 billion from the onslaught of Typhoon “Ulysses,” its Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said on Tuesday.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel on Tuesday, Teodoro said the massive floods from Ulysses affected warehouses in the city storing certain products, including shoes and bags. Shoes are one of the major products of Marikina, which has an area of least 21 square kilometers, making it one of the smaller localities in the National Capital Region.
“Marikina is an urbanized city, ‘yung bahay dito magkakadikit (houses here are near each other). ‘Yung (The) missed economic opportunities, merchandise loss, products damaged by the typhoon would run I think up to P30 billion, since we have warehouses in the city damaged by the typhoon storing the products and merchandise or retails and other purposes,” he said.
Floodwater enough to submerge two-story houses caused by Ulysses inundated many parts of Marikina. Teodoro said clearing operations are ongoing.
“We may be able to clear the roadways, restore the power, the water, telecom, utilities, public infrastructure, but the problem really is on the individual level, the economic hardship brought about by the damages of Typhoon Ulysses,” he added.
The mayor, however, said that many houses still remained buried under mud caused by the recent typhoon. Marikina has already been placed under a state of calamity. JONATHAN ARACELI FOR SOVEREIGNPH