Monday, August 6, 2012

Forced evacuation enforced in Marikina

MANILA, Philippines - Forced evacuation of residents of Tumana and Malanday in Marikina was enforced early Tuesday morning amid the threat posed by the Marikina river's rising waters, local officials said.
Alert level 3 was hoisted just past midnight after the river's water reached 17 meters high, according to the Marikina public information office.
All gates of the Manggahan Floodway were opened to ease the pressure caused by floodwaters.
Police and rescue officers have been deployed to affected villages to help residents leave their homes.
Displaced families will be housed in temporary evacuation centers.
State weather bureau PAGASA on Monday night raised the red warning signal over Metro Manila because of heavy rains.
In its latest advisory issued 11:30 p.m., the weather agency said heavy and intense rains were observed over the metropolis Monday.
PAGASA said torrential rains with a volume of 40.4mm was recorded in Manila in the past hour. Quezon City received 26.0 mm of rainfall, Taguig got 24.64mm, while 10mm to 30mm per hour of rainfall was observed over the rest of Metro Manila.
Earlier in the night, an accumulated rainfall of 83.5 mm was recorded in Quezon City while Marikina got 63.5mm in the past 3 hours,
PAGASA expects the heavy rains to continue throughout the night.

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