Second alarm level raised in Marikina

Posted at | Updated as of 07/31/12 12:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The second alarm level was raised in Marikina City after the water level in Marikina River reached 16.3 meters on Monday morning.

While there are no reports of flooded areas, residents living in low-lying areas were advised to evacuate. A total of 154 families evacuated voluntarily and are now staying in three evacuation centers.

Forced evacuation will be implemented if the water level in the river reaches 17 meters.

According to Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman, classes in all levels within the city remain cancelled.

Authorities said they will continuously monitor the water level in Marikina River amid nonstop rains.

They also advised residents to remain vigilant for possible flashfloods.

Meanwhile, residents near San Mateo were also on alert for possible evacuation as the river was placed on second alarm.

As of 6 a.m., the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that at least 13,472 people nationwide were affected by the heavy rains brought by tropical storm Gener.

Of these people, 1,293 are currently staying in evacuation centers. – with report from Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News