Metro rainfall roughly one third of Ondoy onslaught: PAGASA

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2018 03:41 PM

Children wade through flood waters along Araneta Avenue in Quezon City after authorities suspended public school classes on Tuesday, July 18, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- The amount of rains that fell on the capital over 2 days equaled a third of the deluge from Tropical Storm Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) in 2009, the weather bureau said.

Some 142 millimeters of rain was measured from early Tuesday to early Wednesday, compared to 455 millimeters over 24 hours from Ondoy.

The heaviest rains in Metro Manila were recorded from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, as Tropical Depression Henry grazed the country's northern coast and stirred the "habagat" or monsoon, said weather forecaster Ariel Roxas.

Another storm off the country's eastern coast, Inday, is not expected to hit land but will bring more rains over areas already inundated by Henry.

This weeks rains, however, only qualify as "average," Roxas told ABS-CBN News. Classes were suspended while some private and public offices were shuttered due to the floods.

Ondoy submerged vast swaths of Metro Manila in September 2009, leaving 464 people killed. In 2012, monsoon rains brought flooding to 80 percent of the capital and killed at least 66 people.