GEOGRAPHY

Malabon is one of the most densely populated cities in the Philippines and its low-lying, flat terrain makes it prone to frequent flooding, especially during high tides, heavy rains and when the river and dams overflow. The four cities in CAMANAVA are commonly affected by interconnected rivers, one of which is the Tullahan River.


The river system used to be navigable and fishing was the major livelihood activity in the area. The River used to be wider and deeper with better quality water, and was a regular source of different species of fish,  an important food source for local residents. Also, trees and crops like play (rice) and vegetables used to be grown along the riverbanks. However, these agricultural plots have been replace by industrial yards, which also became home to thousands of informal settlers who built makeshift dwellings without legal claim to the land.


Floods have worsened in recent years, occurring more frequently and reaching depths of several feet. Most affected are families in the communities that are along or near the riverbanks. The river has become narrower and shallower over the years, and its capacity to hold water has decreased. With more frequent intense rains, the riverbanks flood regularly and flooding reaches farther into low-lying and densely populated areas of the city.

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281-4999 Loc. 6001 & 6002


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281-4999 Loc. 1010


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281-4999 Loc. 1715 & 1717


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361-9712 * 281-1141 * 281-4607


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281-4999 loc. 1801 * 285-2804

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