By Chistopher Lloyd T. Caliwan
MANILA, 191Aug2013 – The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Monday morning issued another advisory of heavy to torrential rainfall in the next three hours over Metro Manila.
In its twitter account, a Red Rainfall Warning issued at 3:15 a.m. Monday, PAGASA said heavy to torrential rains is expected to affect portions of Metro Manila and most likely to continue for the next three hours.
PAGASA said the red rainfall warning, the highest in its three-stage rainfall warning system, is due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Maring.
Heavy to torrential rains affecting Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Northern Quezon and most likely to continue for the next three hours while moderate to heavy rains affecting Nueva Ecija and the rest of Quezon.
“Severe flooding is expected. All are advised to take precautionary measures,” it added.
PAGASA also said that red alert has been raised in La Mesa dam in Novaliches, Quezon stood at 79. 64 meters as of 3 a.m. Monday almost its spilling level of 80.15 meters.”Residents along Tullahan river are requested to evacuate as elevation is expected to rise further due to rains and minimum demand,” it said.
The dam has no gates and the excess water will spill and flows into the Tullahan River, which flows through the northern part of Quezon City, including the Fairview area, as well as the cities of Malabon, Valenzuela, and Caloocan.
Meanwhile, MMDA said that as of 3:40 a.m. Buendia to Quirino has 26 inches flood and as of 2:57 a.m. Edsa Taft Rotunda intersection has knee-deep flood.
MMDA added that areas going University of Santo Tomas (UST) was not passable to light vehicles.
In Makati City, as of 2:35 the reported flooded areas in Brgy Palanan all streets has 2-3 ft flood not passable to light vehicles; in Brgy. Bangkal the P. Binay from Gen. Luna to Malvar streets has 12-24 inches while Cailles and Bonifacio has 12 inches also not passable to light vehicles; while reported flooded areas in Brgy. Pio del Pilar are the streets of P. Medina, Dela Rosa, Chino Roces, along Gil Puyat from Batangas St. to SSH, along Gil Puyat from Medina to Chino Roces, Javier, M. Antonio and Arnaiz Ave. has 2-3 ft flood and not passable.
Elsewhere in Metro Manila, floods remained in several areas including at Sucat SM City, waist-deep; Brgy. Gumamela, in Quezon City has knee-deep; Araneta Ave. Villa España Brgy. Tatalon also has knee-deep; in España-Lacson, knee-deep while at the Skyway area, floods fronting Raya Garden were knee-deep. (PNA)