Marikina river water level eases

Posted at 08/09/12 2:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Water level at the Marikina river remains in critical status but has consistently gone down since Thursday morning.

The city's public information office said as of 1:15 p.m., water level at the river was at 18.4 meters above sea level, down from 20.6 meters at 5:50 a.m.

Many residents in low-lying areas of the city were forced to evacuate again after floods threatened to enter their homes anew.

Residents in the most critical areas in the city such as Malanday and Tumana were told to seek higher ground. Even the Malanday Elementary School that was supposed to serve as an evacuation center was submerged in floods.

Flooding was also reported in Provident Village, one of the hardest-hit villages during tropical storm Ondoy's onslaught in 2009. – with dzMM