Greenpeace exposed the illegal dumping of flood garbage and debris at the Nangka River in Marikina City. Trucks dump silt and garbage onto the riverbank, and then bulldozers and pay loaders push them into the water.
The group reports that “the mud-filled disaster debris has already choked around 80 percent of the river channel and the residents of San Mateo on the opposite bank are fearful because the impeded water flow has already started soil erosion on their side in just a matter of days. The waters have also turned very murky and the stench in the area is becoming unbearable.”
MMDA denies allegations
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) denied on Tuesday that flood wastes and other debris are being illegally dumped in the Marikina River after environmental groups said they caught MMDA trucks dumping silt and garbage left by tropical storm “Ondoy” into the river.