Flooding, heavy traffic hit Metro Manila areas

Posted at 09/09/08 10:53 PM

Heavy monsoon rains again hit Metro Manila Tuesday night, causing flooding and heavy traffic in several areas.

Thousands of passengers were also reported to have been stranded due to flooding particularly along Taft Avenue in Manila.

The rains started around 7 p.m. while most students and office workers rushed for home. Some of them were forced to wade through flood waters since vehicular traffic went on a standstill.

A report from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Metro Base said the road connecting to Balintawak and McArthur Highway in Malabon and Valenzuela was not passable for vehicles because of knee-deep flooding. There was also flooding at Monumento Circle.
The MMDA said the areas near SM Centerpoint in Sta. Mesa, EDSA-Muñoz, EDSA Monumento and R. Papa under LRT Line 1 are also under flood waters.

Flooding also occurred in front of the SM Centerpoint mall in Sta. Mesa, Manila and also along the EDSA in Muñoz, Quezon City and Monumento in Caloocan.

Flooding was also reported at the R. Papa station of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 in Manila.

According to weather bureau PAGASA, tropical storm "Marce" was nowhere near Metro Manila though the it was expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and brings rains over the country.

As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Marce was spotted 320 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kph near the center and gustiness of 140 kph. It was moving north northwest at 9 kilometers per hour.

Public storm signal warning number 2 has been hoisted over Cagayan, Babuyan and Batanes group of islands.

Signal number 1, meanwhile, remained over the provinces of Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province and Ifugao.