Red rainfall alert stays over Metro Manila, provinces

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 20 2013 08:07 AM | Updated as of Aug 21 2013 07:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - State weather bureau PAGASA on Tuesday morning raised a red rainfall alert in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

This, amid rains spawned by the southwest monsoon (habagat) that has been made more intense by Tropical Storm Maring.

In an advisory issued 10:10 a.m., PAGASA said the "heavy to torrential" rains being felt in Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales and Bataan; and the "moderate to heavy" rains over northern Quezon and portions of Nueva Ecija are most likely to continue for the next 3 hours.

"Severe flooding is expected," PAGASA said.

A red alert is issued when downpours constitute an emergency.

This is raised when observed rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour or if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm.

People living in low-lying areas under under the red rainfall warning are advised to immediately seek higher ground because of widespread flooding.

At least seven people have died after torrential rain engulfed parts of the main island of Luzon, including Metro Manila, where neck-deep water swept through homes forcing thousands into emergency shelters.

Classes and work remain suspended Tuesday in many areas in the metropolis and nearby provinces. 

Here are some images and videos on the flooding on Tuesday: 

Andrews Avenue near NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City as of around 8 a.m. -- Photo by Dennis Datu, DZMM
A car is submerged at the Skyway entry near Dela Rosa St., Makati along South Superhighway on Tuesday morning. -- Photo by Bayan Patroller Nicole Malabanan
Flooded Skyway near Magallanes. -- Photo by Dennis Datu, DZMM
Chest-deep flood waters along Sucat Road. -- Photo by Bettina Magsaysay, ABS-CBN News
Flooding in Kawit, Cavite. -- Photo by Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News
WATCH this video of a flooded portion of the Skyway at Magallanes near Sales Bridge. -- by Dennis Datu, DZMM
Knee-deep flood at EDSA-Taft as of 6:24 a.m. -- Photo courtesy of MMDA
Ayala Blvd. in Manila as of around 5 a.m. -- Photo by Noel Alamar, DZMM
Philippine Coast Guard headquarters in Port Area, Manila as of around 7:15 a.m. -- Photo by Noel Alamar, DZMM