Red rainfall alert stays over Metro Manila, provinces
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - State weather bureau PAGASA on Tuesday morning 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.
In an advisory issued 10:10 a.m., PAGASA said the "heavy to torrential" rains being felt in Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales and Bataan; and the "moderate to heavy" rains over northern Quezon and portions of Nueva Ecija are 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.
People living in low-lying areas under under the red rainfall warning are advised to immediately seek higher ground because of widespread flooding.
At least seven people have died after torrential rain engulfed parts of the main island of Luzon, including Metro Manila, where neck-deep water swept through homes forcing thousands into emergency shelters.
Classes and work remain suspended Tuesday in many areas in the metropolis and nearby provinces.
Here are some images and videos on the flooding on Tuesday:
|WATCH this video of a flooded portion of the Skyway at Magallanes near Sales Bridge. -- by Dennis Datu, DZMM|