Marikina residents prepare for possible evacuation as river rises

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Posted at Jul 17 2018 12:59 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2019 04:13 PM

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MANILA - Residents in low-lying areas of Marikina City were asked to prepare for possible evacuation as the water level of the river there has already reached 15 meters on Tuesday amid continuous monsoon rains.

City Mayor Marcy Teodoro said rescuers and volunteers have been deployed in flood-prone areas after they raised the first alarm over Marikina River. Once the water reaches 16 meters, he said they will implement a preemptive evacuation. 

"Pag umabot na ng 16 meters 'to, second alarm, tutunog na 'yung serena nang malakas, preemptive evacuation tayo. Handa na ang ating evacuation centers," he told DZMM, adding that communities in Tumana, Malanday and Nangka are the most flood-prone areas.

(If water level reaches 16 meters, the second alarm, the siren will sound. It's a call for preemptive evacuation. Our evacuation centers are ready.)

Teodoro asked his constituents to continue to monitor the news and be prepared for possible evacuation as the state weather bureau earlier forecast the monsoon rains may persist this week despite tropical storm Henry exiting the country.

At 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, PAGASA issued an orange rainfall warning over Metro Manila, Cavite, Bataan, and Zambales. It means flood threatens the low-lying areas in these places, as rains may persist for at least a couple of hours. 

Several areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces have already been flooded due to the rains. Classes in some cities and work in some government offices have already been cancelled due to the bad weather.