'Habagat' dumps rains, causes floods in Metro Manila

Posted at 06/18/2012 8:58 AM | Updated as of 06/18/2012 5:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Butchoy” continues to move away from the country but it is still causing rains as it enhances the southwest monsoon (hanging habagat), state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday.

Floods were reported in several parts of Metro Manila due to persistent rains that began Sunday and continued until Monday morning.

In Quezon City, flood waters submerged parts of Barangays Roxas; Baesa; and Talayan.

The overflowing of Talayan Creek in Quezon City also triggered flooding along Araneta Avenue, Maria Clara St., Sto. Domingo St. and nearby roads.

Continuous rains also forced the respective local government units of the flood-prone cities of Navotas and Malabon to suspend classes.

Floods also prompted some schools in Valenzuela, Quezon City, Manila and Caloocan to suspend their respective classes.

The local governments of San Mateo and Rodriguez in Rizal; Obando, Bulacan; and Guagua, Pampanga also announced the suspension of classes.

PAGASA said as of 4 a.m. Monday, “Butchoy” was spotted 470 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

The typhoon continues to move northward at 22 kilometers per hour (kph). It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday night.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.

PAGASA forecaster Jun Galang particularly warned residents in the western section of central and northern Luzon to brace for frequent rains brought by the southwest monsoon that was enhanced by the typhoon.

Galang said “Butchoy” is approaching the southern part of Japan.

Weather conditions in the Visayas and Mindanao regions, meanwhile, have improved.

Galang said no weather disturbance is emerging in the southern part of the country at this point. – with dzMM; ANC