The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) seeks to mitigate the effects of heavy rain in flood-prone areas by using 12 mobile pumps and 3 dewatering trailer trucks at specific locations in Metro Manila.

After the monstrous traffic jam caused by heavy monsoon rains last Wednesday, the agency has deployed equipment to hasten the ebb of the water levels on roads to allow traffic to flow smoothly.

“Our main focus last week was the stretch of Edsa from Taft in Pasay City to Monumento in Caloocan City but we also placed teams in other areas, including España and Burgos in Manila and along Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City,” MMDA Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office head Maxima Quiambao said.

There are equipment positioned on Julia Vargas Avenue in Ortigas (near SM Megamall), Santolan Road in Quezon, Osmeña Highway-Skyway in Makati, North Luzon Expressway-Balintawak Cloverleaf, Don Bosco in Makati, C-5 Bagong Ilog in Pasig City and West Service Road near Merville in Parañaque City.

The MMDA has also modified the drainage inlets in locations that are prone to flooding allowing the water to drain much faster.