Marikina River water level eases

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 15 2014 08:52 AM | Updated as of Sep 16 2014 12:57 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) – The water level at the Marikina River has eased, the city's public information office said.

In its official Twitter account, Marikina PIO said the water level of the Marikina River was at 15.9 meters as of the last monitoring.

Due to the decrease in water level, the alert level over the river was lowered to 1.

The river's water level reached its peak of 17.5 meters at 3:35 a.m. today, and started dropping at 6 a.m.

Under the Marikina River's alert system, alert level 1 serves as a warning when the river's water level reaches 15 meters. Alert level 2 calls for a preparation for evacuation.

Alert level 3, which means "evacuate to designated centers," is raised when the water reaches 17 meters.

Forced evacuation is implemented when alert level 4 is raised, or when when the water rises to 18 or more meters.

State weather bureau PAGASA said the eye of Typhoon Luis left the Philippine area of responsibility at 11 a.m. However, rains will still be felt in some parts of the country due to the typhoon's outer cloud bands and the enhanced southwest monsoon (habagat).