Marikina River on alert level 1; floodgates opened


Posted at Aug 12 2016 10:48 PM

Marikina River. File photo

MANILA - Alert level 1 was raised at the Marikina River on Friday evening due to heavy rains, according to the city’s public information office.

As of 9:50 p.m., the water level was up to 15 meters. All floodgates have been opened.

Under alert level 1, residents near the river are told to monitor the situation.

Alert level 2 will be raised if the water level reaches 16 meters above sea level. This calls for preparedness for residents.

Alert level 3 will be raised once the water level breaches the 17-meter mark. Residents are told to evacuate at this point.

State weather bureau PAGASA has raised an orange warning alert in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The alert means floods are threatening the affected areas.

A low pressure area east of the Philippines has enhanced the Habagat (Southwest Monsoon), resulting in heavy rains over parts of Luzon, according to PAGASA.