Marikina implements voluntary evacuation as river rises

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2018 02:08 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2019 04:14 PM

MANILA - Residents near Marikina River and in low-lying areas were urged to flee as the river's water level rose to 16 meters on Tuesday afternoon amid continuous monsoon rains.

Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro earlier told DZMM Teleradyo that among the flood-prone areas in the city are Tumana, Malanday and Nangka.

He said schools that will serve as evacuation centers have been readied since this morning. 

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He said the local government will monitor the river's water level as forecasts by the state weather bureau show the rains will continue to fall in the metro. 

If Marikina River's water level rises to 18 meters, the local government will have to implement a forced evacuation in the low-lying areas.--report from Jeff Hernaez, ABS-CBN News