MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Several roads in Metro Manila, including the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), were submerged in deep floods Thursday afternoon due to strong rains.
Vehicles traversing the north and southbound lanes of the SLEx were momentarily stranded at around 3 p.m. because of the floods.
|Northbound lane of South Luzon Expressway. Photo courtesy of Ralph Aligada via Twitter.
Ed Nepomuceno, head of special projects and operations of the Skyway, said floodwater from the East Service Road in Bicutan overflowed at the expressway, rendering both lanes impassable to all kinds of vehicles.
|Photo courtesy of Cris Vincent Castillo via Twitter
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), meanwhile, said EDSA-Santolan northbound was also impassable to light vehicles at around 3 p.m.
The following areas along EDSA were also submerged in gutter-deep floods, according to the MMDA:
Aurora tunnel (southbound)
Aurora Blvd/Katipunan southbound
P. Tuazon tunnel (both lanes)
Commonwealth Balara (northbound)
MMDA said EDSA-Magallanes and Pasong Tamo were also submerged in knee-deep floods.
Several areas in Manila, including Dela Paz in Marcos Highway, Taft, TM Kalaw, Laong Laan, Pedro Gil, Quirino and Plaza Dilao, were also flooded.
MMDA, in its official Twitter account, advised motorists and commuters to stay indoors and avoid the roads during heavy rains.
Cris Almerol of the MMDA Metrobase told ANC that as of 5:30 p.m., only the P. Tuazon tunnel in EDSA remains flooded.
Almerol said MMDA immediately conducted de-clogging operations at the affected areas.
“Mabilis naman na-declog ‘yung area at nag-subside naman kaagad ‘yung tubig,” he said. -- With a report from Ricky Velasco, dzMM