PAGASA extends 'red' rain alert
La Mesa Dam on red alert
MANILA - (UPDATE 5) The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) extended on Monday morning its red rainfall warning over Metro Manila and other areas.
In its advisory issued at 6:15 a.m., PAGASA said heavy to intense rains will affect Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, Pampanga, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Tarlac, Bulacan, Occidental Mindoro and Northern Quezon for the next 3 hours.
Meanwhile moderate to heavy rains affecting Nueva Ecija and the rest of Quezon will most likely to continue for the next 3 hours.
"SEVERE FLOODING is expected. ALL are advised to take precautionary measures," PAGASA said.
A red warning means 30 to 60 millimeters of rainfall in the next 3 hours.
PAGASA warned citizens in these areas to expect severe flooding and urged all to take precautionary measures.
The heavy rainfall is due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm Maring, PAGASA said.
La Mesa Dam alert
Meantime, La Mesa Dam was placed on red alert as of 2 a.m. Monday, and residents along Tullahan River were urged to evacuate.
Marikina River, on the other hand, was placed on Alert Level 2 with its water level at 16.1 meters as of 1:30 a.m. Monday. This means people in low-lying and critical areas such as Libis (Malanday), Balubad (Nangka), Tumana should prepare to evacuate.
If the water level reaches 17 meters or Alert Level 3, people in these areas should evacuate.
Prof. Mahar Lagmay of Project Noah posted this infographic of the amount of rainfall in Metro Manila over the past hour as of around 2:30 a.m. Monday.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reported that as of 2:14 a.m., water was waist-deep at Sucat SM City; knee-deep at Brgy. Gumamela, Araneta Ave.; knee-deep at Villa España, Brgy. Tatalon; knee-deep at España Lacson.
As of 2:57 a.m., water was knee-deep at EDSA-Taft rotunda intersection, the MMDA said.