LOOK: Rains turn Metro Manila into 'Baha Republic'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2014 12:15 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2014 08:15 PM

MANILA – Luzon was inundated by heavy rains brought by tropical storm "Mario" and the southwest monsoon (habagat), prompting forced evacuations in areas affected by floods and the rising water levels in dams.

More than 20,000 residents near the Marikina River were evacuated from their homes as the water level rose to almost 20 meters, and floodwater submerged motor vehicles, buildings and subdivisions. The La Mesa Dam also overflowed.

Streets in Metro Manila and other places in Luzon were turned into waterways as floods cascaded into low-lying areas. Some motorists and pedestrians still tried to cross the flooded streets to get to their destinations.

Rescuers moved quickly to help people in flooded areas.

Transportation also became a problem as foul weather prompted the cancellation or delay of trips.

However, in other places in the country, people went on with their scheduled activities despite continuous rain and the threat of dark clouds overhead.