Serious floods threaten Metro Manila, parts of Luzon

By Jojo Malig,

Posted at Jul 03 2012 05:06 AM | Updated as of Jul 03 2012 07:22 PM

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


MANILA, Philippines (6th UPDATE) - Serious floods threatened low-lying areas and communities living near waterways in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon early Tuesday morning because of heavy rains, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

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

"Serious flooding is expected," it added.

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

As of posting, Quiapo Underpass remains impassable to vehicles, radio dzMM’s Noel Alamar reported.

A portion of the EDSA P. Tuazon underpass in Cubao remains submerged in gutter-deep floods as of 6:29 a.m., according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). An MMDA flood control truck was deployed to the area to suck in the flood waters.

Radio dzMM reporter Eric Dastas said many vehicles were stuck in the area at the height of the rains early morning Tuesday. E. Rodriguez and other roads in Manila were also flooded.

PAGASA also said around 56.8 mm rainfall was observed at Sangley, Cavite in 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 Tuesday morning.

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

The floods had also left several passengers stranded.

Meanwhile, 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 3 hours.

"Flooding is threatening," it added.


PAGASA, in its latest weather bulletin issued 5 a.m., said the rains were brought by a low pressure area (LPA) spotted 30 kilometers north of Ambulong, Batangas as of 2 a.m.

PAGASA forecaster Ricky Fabregas said southern and central Luzon including Metro Manila will experience rains from this weather system. Widespread rains are expected over central Luzon, Quirino and Quezon Province.

Fabregas said the LPA was moving slowly in a northwest direction. It is expected to be over the West Philippine Sea by Wednesday where it will eventually dissipate.

PAGASA warned residents living in low-lying areas and along mountain slopes to be alert for possible occurrence of flashfloods and landslides. - with reports from dzMM, ANC