Marikina River reaches 1st alarm as Super Typhoon Karding dumps rains over Luzon

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Posted at Sep 25 2022 09:36 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2022 01:28 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) — The water level at the Marikina River has reached the first-alarm level as Super Typhoon Karding dumps rains over the large swaths of Luzon.

The water reached 15 meters at 8:59 p.m., Marikina's public information office announced on Facebook

A 15-meter water level prompts the first alarm — which means that residents in nearby areas should prepare for possible evacuation.

According to state weather bureau PAGASA's 8 p.m. bulletin, Marikina was under tropical cyclone wind signal no. 4 due to the super typhoon, which may cause moderate to significant threat to life and property.

Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management officer Dave David, said 76 people have so far sought shelter in evacuation centers.

The evacuees live near the river in barangays Malanday, San Roque, Tumana and Nangka. Marikina City, has set up 45 evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, all 8 gates of the Manggahan floodway have been opened.

PAGASA earlier said that the Ipo Dam in Bulacan will release water on Sunday night due to heavy rains brought about by Karding.

As of Sunday night, preemptive evacuations were made in Regions 1, 2, 3, IV-A, NCR, and 5, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

Over 2,000 families, or some 8,391 people, evacuated their homes due to the threat of the super typhoon, it said.

The NDRRMC reported this breakdown:

Region I: 22 families or 54
Region II: 91 families or 319 persons
Region III: 897 families or 3163 persons
Region NCR: 908 families or 3450 persons
Region IV-A: 357 families or 1375 persons
Region V: 18 families or 30 persons

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