Sunday, August 14, 2016

Military 'WASAR' assets prepositioned in Marikina City

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 15): Military 'WASAR' assets prepositioned in Marikina City

With the danger of flooding still not over due to the southwest monsoon, the military's Joint Task Group-National Capital Region has deployed "WASAR" (water search-and-rescue) assets in flood-prone communities in Marikina City.

This was stressed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in its 8:00 a.m. update.

WASAR units were deployed in Marikina City's Barangays Libis, Bulelak, Malanday, Balubad, Nangka, Angel Santos, and Tumana.

Deployed assets consist of three-rigid hull boats and two fiber glass ones and their crews.

Also deployed were three medical teams to evacuation centers located in Barangay Malanday, Nangka and H. Bautista.

As of Sunday, around 2,807 families or 10,561 persons were evacuated from the communities bordering the Marikina River which rose to the 16.3 meter mark due to heavy monsoon rains.

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