An aerial inspection showed houses in Marikina and Rizal submerged in floodwater as Typhoon Ulysses battered Luzon Thursday.
Photos given to The Philippine STAR by Senator Bong Go showed a majority of the houses near the Marikina River deep in water, with some reaching half of the first floor.
Marikina and Rizal are two of the hard-hit areas by the typhoon, leaving hundreds of residents displaced.
A video shared by PCOO Global Media Affairs also showed the situation of Marikina River at 3 p.m.
ATM: Despite very gusty winds, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) conducts aerial inspection along the Marikina River to assess the gravity of damage brought by #UlyssesPH— PCOO Global Media Affairs (@pcooglobalmedia) November 12, 2020
[Videos from PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr.] pic.twitter.com/GkajIflMMx
According to Marikina PIO, Marikina River's water level reached 21.8 meters as of 12:08pm, almost breaching the record set by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.
The photos also show boats being used to rescue residents in Marikina.
In an interview with DZBB, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro likened the impact of the typhoon to Ondoy.
"During Ondoy, it happened just like this," he recalled. "While everyone was sleeping, the river’s water level suddenly rose."