Alert level 1 raised over Marikina River
MANILA – Alert level 1 has been raised over the Marikina River, the local government said.
In its Twitter account, the Marikina Public Information Office said the river's water level was at 15.3 meters as of 8:50 a.m.
Alert level 1 means that residents living near the river must evacuate.
State weather bureau PAGASA earlier raised a red rainfall alert in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
This, amid rains spawned by the southwest monsoon (habagat) that has been made more intense by Tropical Storm Maring.
PAGASA, in an advisory issued 7:30 a.m., said heavy to torrential rains are currently affecting Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Zambales, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga and Occidental Mindoro.
Moderate to heavy rains affecting Batangas, Laguna and Quezon are also most likely to continue for the next 3 hours.
"Severe flooding is expected," PAGASA said.
A red alert is issued when downpours constitute an emergency.
This is raised when observed rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour or if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm.