Water in Marikina river continues to rise

Posted at 07/21/12 3:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities and rescue teams are on standby as the water level at the Marikina River continues to rise.

The river’s water level reached 15.2 meters on Saturday afternoon, prompting the authorities to ring the first alarm.

An evacuation of residents will be required once water level reaches 18.30 meters.

Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman said the river has been “rising steadily” even though rains have stopped.

However, de Guzman noted that the increase has been steady compared to the rapid increase of 13.6 meters to 15 meters from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

De Guzman said rescue teams and barangay officials are continuously monitoring the water level and are on standby in case an evacuation is necessary.

“We are all on standby kung sakaling lumakas ang ulan pa. From 12 midnight naka-standby na ang rescue teams natin,” he told ANC.

The mayor added that residents have already been assigned specific evacuation centers to avoid panic in the event of flooding.

Meanwhile, 5 barangays in San Juan were submerged in deep floods due to incessant rains.

Barangays Balong-Bato and Salapan were hit by chest-deep floods, while Maytunas and Batis were submerged in waist-deep floods.

Barangay San Perfecto, on the other hand, was inundated in knee-deep floods.

Residents were not ordered to evacuate as local officials expect the floods to immediately subside. -- With a report from Henry Atuelan, dzMM