La Mesa Dam overflows
MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) - Heavy rains caused water at La Mesa Dam to overflow Monday night, prompting authorities to raise flood warnings in nearby areas.
As of 9:15 p.m, the water level was at 80.21 meters or above the spilling level of 80.15 meters, forcing La Mesa management to release water into the Tullahan river.
It is expected to cause floods in Greater Fairview, North Fairview, Novaliches, and Gulod, San Bartolome, Sta. Monica, and Sta. Lucia up to Valenzuela and Malabon where the Tullahan River passes, dam official George Lantin said.
State weather bureau PAGASA has raised the red alert over Metro Manila because of heavy rains.
It expects heavy rains (more than 30 mm/hour) to continue in the next 3 hours and serious flooding. Residents in low-lying areas were advised to evacuate.
Meanwhile, flood monitoring at the the Marikina River reached second alarm Monday night after the Sto. Niño station water level measurement reached 16.01 meters.
The heavy downpour has already triggered floods in parts of Metro Manila, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The heavy rains are caused by the shallow low pressure area and the southwest monsoon affecting Luzon and the Visayas, PAGASA said.
Heavy rains since Sunday night have forced more than 5,000 people in Metro Manila to leave their homes, a relief official said.
Floods have affected residents of Navotas,Malabon, Manila, Marikina, Valenzuela City, Quezon City, and Muntinlupa City, according to Director Susana Cruz, chief of the Office of Civil Defense-National Capital Region.
Heavy rains also prompted school officials to suspend classes in Manila, Muntinlupa City, Marikina City, Malabon City, Pateros town and Mandaluyong City, Cruz said.
Benito Ramos, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive officer, said heavy rains have affected 193,682 families or 867,799 persons nationwide since last week. - with a report from Arnell Ozaeta, radio dzMM