Floods threaten Marikina as river alert is raised


Posted at Sep 12 2017 03:42 PM

MANILA - The lowest in a 3-step warning system was raised in the Marikina River, as Tropical Depression "Maring" dumped heavy rains in the capital.

Residents living near the river will be asked to prepare for evacuation if the Level 1 alert is raised to 2. Alert level 3 will entail mandatory evacuation.

"Kapag tumaas pa ito at magpatuloy, may ilang lugar na tayo rito sa Marikina na aabutin ng tubig-baha," Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro told DZMM. 

(If the water continues to rise, there will be areas in Marikina that will be flooded.)

"Malakas ang agos ng tubig ngayon, mabilis."

(The water current is strong and it's moving fast.)

Alert Level 1 was raised at 1 p.m. as the water level reached 15.4 meters, according to the city rescue office.


"Maring" slammed into Mauban, Quezon early Tuesday and was forecast to cross the Metro Manila and Southern Luzon areas throughout the day. Several areas were submerged in floods and at least 2 people were killed in a landslide.

Classes and work in government offices, as well as trading in financial markets were suspended.
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