Flood alert raised in Metro Manila, Cavite

by Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 03 2012 03:09 AM | Updated as of Jul 03 2012 01:16 PM

Readings reach torrential rains level at the Science Garden in Quezon City at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Courtesy of Project Noah

Residents of high-risk areas in Cavite urged to evacuate

MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) - Floods threatened lowlying areas and communities living near waterways in Metro Manila and Cavite early Tuesday morning because of heavy rains, state weather bureau PAGASA warned.

PAGASA, in an advisory issued on microblogging site Twitter at 3:15 a.m., said around 64 mm of rain fell at Port Area, Manila in the last 4 hours.

Rains will most likely continue for the next hour, the weather bureau said.

"Serious flooding is expected," it added.

Floods hit España, Quiapo, and Malate areas in Manila because of the heavy rains, according to a dzMM report.

EDSA P. Tuazon underpass in Cubao was also flooded as of 4:20 a.m., according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

Radio dzMM reporter Eric Dastas said many vehicles were stuck in the area.

E. Rodriguez was also flooded, Dastas reported.

PAGASA said around 56.8mm rainfall was also observed at Sangley, Cavite in the last 4 hours.  

"Flooding is threatening in low-lying areas and those located near the river channels," PAGASA said.

"Residents in high risk areas are advised to evacuate to higher grounds and monitor the weather condition," it added.

It also said thunderstorms are expected to affect most parts of Quezon City, Marikina and Pasig early Tuesday morning.

"All are advised to take precautionary measures against heavy rains, lightning, strong winds and possible flashfloods," PAGASA added.

The Department of Science and Technology's Project Noah website showed rainfall readings at the Science Garden in Quezon City soaring towards the red level around 2:30 a.m.

At 3:22am, rainfall readings in Quezon City had reached 22.9mm for the last 3 hours.

Heavy rains will mostly likely to continue for the next hour, PAGASA said.

"Flooding is threatening," it added.

The weather bureau said a low pressure area in the countrey is expected to bring scattered to widespread rains over southern Luzon, including the National Capital Region, on Tuesday.

"Residents living in lowlying areas and along mountain slopes are advised to be alert for possible occurrence of flashfloods and landslides,"  PAGASA said. - with reports from dzMM, ANC