Typhoon Ulysses lashed the main island of Luzon last week whipping destructive winds and dumping torrential rainfall over a wide area affecting ten of thousands of homes in low-lying areas submerged underwater.
Villages in Marikina City experienced severe inundation, with the Marikina River reaching water levels worse than its peak at the height of Typhoon Ondoy.
The local government of Marikina has started its clearing and rehabilitation efforts. Streets are seen with dump trucks, self-loaders, backhoes, and other heavy equipment needed in removing road obstructions and household waste. Despite the city government’s efforts, residents in the severely affected areas are still dealing with the destruction left by Ulysses.
“Ondoy noon, Ulysses naman ngayon. Hindi ko na alam paano makakabangon, o makakabangon pa nga ba,” a resident said while recalling the horrors of Ondoy.
Residents of Balubad settlement in Barangay Nangka in Marikina City still has a lot of cleaning up to do even four days after typhoon Ulysses.