MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila suspended classes Tuesday due to floods triggered by heavy rains since Monday evening.
"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.
The Perpetual Help College, which is adjacent to UST, also suspended classes in elementary and high school.
Gutter-deep floods were still observed in streets surrounding the university in Sampaloc district, as of posting.
State weather bureau PAGASA said the intermittent heavy rains and thunderstorms were caused by the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).