Classes suspended, streets flooded in Zamboanga due to heavy rains

Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 13 2019 10:53 AM

Water spillover from the swollen Tumaga river in Zamboanga City.

ZAMBOANGA CITY - At least 4 houses were swept away by floods that also inundated some streets in the city due to monsoon rains enhanced by tropical depression Marilyn.

Water from swollen rivers swept away the structures in Barangay Sta. Maria in Tumaga.

The bad weather also promoted local government units in Zamboanga and Isabela City in Basilan to suspend classes in all levels on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard also cancelled boat trips between Zamboanga and Basilan.

As of 4 a.m. Friday, Marilyn was spotted 1,060 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, state weather bureau PAGASA said. Moving northwest at 20 kilometers per hour, Marilyn maintained its strength of 55 kph maximum sustained winds and gust of up to 70 kph.

The tropical depression is enhancing the southwest monsoon dumping more rains to Palawan, western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and Sulu Archipelago.

Sea travel remains risky, especially for small sea craft, over the central and eastern seaboards of Visayas and the seaboards of Mindanao due to rough seas.