Palace suspends work anew in gov't offices
MANILA (1st UPDATE) - The Office of the President suspended work in government offices in Metro Manila on Tuesday due to severe flooding.
Around 2 hours after announcing that work would resume on Tuesday despite an orange rainfall warning alert issued by PAGASA at 5 a.m., Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Malacanang decided to suspend work due to severe flooding in parts of Metro Manila.
"In the light of the severe flooding in some parts of Metro Manila and with the Orange Rainfall Advisory, upon both the recommendation of MMDA and PAGASA, the Executive Secretary has ordered today the suspension of work in the government offices in Metro Manila today, August 20 except those involved in disaster risk reduction and management," Lacierda said in a text message sent at around 7:15 a.m.
Orange alert means "heavy to intense rains" are expected over Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Zambales, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga and Occidental Mindoro" over the next 3 hours and "flooding is threatening," PAGASA said in its 5 a.m. advisory.
Here are some images and videos on the flooding on Tuesday:
|WATCH this video of a flooded portion of the Skyway at Magallanes near Sales Bridge. -- by Dennis Datu, DZMM|