6,609 individuals evacuated in Muntinlupa due to Typhoon Ulysses, CHO warns residents against leptospirosis

As Typhoon Ulysses barreled over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon mainland, the City Government of Muntinlupa evacuated 6,609 individuals as of yesterday.

The Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management reported that there were 1,607 families or 6,609 individuals in 20 evacuation centers across the city during the onslaught of the typhoon.

MCDDRM recorded 205 lactating and pregnant women, 258 senior citizens, 70 persons with disability, and 2,079 children among the evacuees from Brgy. Tunasan, Brgy. Poblacion, Brgy. Putatan, Brgy. Bayanan, Brgy. Alabang, Brgy. Cupang, Brgy. Buli, and Brgy. Sucat.

Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao noted that medical personnel from barangay health centers were mobilized to provide vitamins, safe drinking water, disinfection, medical consultation, breastfeeding counseling, nutritional assessment, vaccination, COVID-19 screening, and psychological first aid and prophylaxis against leptospirosis to the evacuees.

Tuliao warned the public to take precautionary measures against the outbreak of leptospirosis considering that some areas in the city remains flooded. She advised city residents to wear protective gear such as rubber boots and gloves to avoid contact with floodwater which may be contaminated. MCDDRM has identified 28 floor-prone areas in the city’s eight barangays including those located along the Laguna Lake. 

This past Thursday, Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau reported that the Muntinlupa – San Pedro, Laguna River overflowed due to heavy rains. A portion of the national highway at the boundary was also flooded because of the overflow. Further, MCDDRM sent two Rescue Boats and a Water Search and Rescue Team in Marikina to augment their rescue operations. Typhoon Ulysses triggered severe flooding in Marikina leaving residents stranded on top of the roof of their homes and neck-deep flood waters.

On the afternoon of Thursday, members of Muntinlupa City Engineering Disaster Response Team have conducted clearing operations at Bruger, Brgy. Putatan, MCTI area and Bayanan Baywalk to clear toppled trees in major roads and residential areas.

Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said most of the evacuees started returning to their houses on Friday to face clean-up drives and restoration of their homes.

Several events hosted by the City Government were cancelled due to Typhoon Ulysses. Muntinlupa Scholarship Program has announced the postponement of scholarship allowance distribution last November 11-12 due to Typhoon Ulysses. MSP advised city scholars to monitor the department’s Facebook page for updates. Public Employment Service Office has also cancelled an Online Virtual Job Fair event on Friday due to the cancellation of government work brought about by the typhoon.

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Latest City Government of Muntinlupa details sourced from their official media release. Some parts were edited for this website.

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