MANILA, Philippines – At least 1,590 students of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila were stranded inside the university due to flooding triggered by heavy rains since Monday evening.
Due to flooding, the university suspended classes in all levels, except for office work.
"Due to the numerous number of students stranded inside the campus and on the road as an aftermath of the sudden downpour followed by a flash flood that lasted until early morning, CLASSES IN ALL LEVELS are suspended today 11 September. This is to allow them to go home and rest. However, there is regular office work," said Jovanna Fontanilla, UST Public Affairs Director.
Gutter-deep floods were still observed in streets surrounding the university in Sampaloc district, as of posting.
Aside from UST, the University of the East (Manila and Caloocan campuses) and the Perpetual Help College also suspended classes in elementary and high school.
St. Jude College also suspended classes in all levels.
State weather bureau PAGASA said the intermittent heavy rains and thunderstorms were caused by the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), where a low pressure area, located 760 kilometers east of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur, is embedded. – with a report from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM