Manila streets reopened after drainage ops

By Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 11 2012 08:13 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2012 04:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines – After three days of pumping out water from the Recto underpass in Manila, Mayor Alfredo Lim opened the road to traffic going to Quezon Boulevard.

Despite the rains Friday night, the city engineer's office continued to pump out the flood water from the road to the drainage system.

“Itong sa Quezon Boulevard-Recto nawalan na ng tubig at nadadaanan na pero pinalilinis ko,” Lim said.

Meanwhile, volunteers in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Quezon City organized themselves to clean their community which was one of the worst hit areas by the flood.

But while the metro is recovering from the floods, trash is another problem to contend with.

The floods brought in trash which have been left uncollected in different neighborhoods.

“Mag-iisang linggo na eh, hindi naman sila pumupunta,” said Barry Cario, one of the residents.

Another resident, Mila barles is annoyed with some residents who did not learn from the tragedy and were still throwing plastic bags in roads and waterways.

She said if the rains continue, the floods will surely rise again.

“Ano bang magagawa ko eh ako ay isang tao lang naman sa dami ng nagtatapon, hindi naman sila nakikinig na bawal mag-tapon,” she said.

The Manila City Hall said they're still collecting trash across the city. They earlier had problems collecting garbage in neighborhoods isolated by floods. -- ANC