Rains, floods snarl Metro Manila traffic

Posted at 09/10/13 5:59 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) – Strong rains Tuesday afternoon triggered floods in some parts of Metro Manila, particularly along EDSA and C5, and caused heavy traffic.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said gutter-deep floods hit the following areas, as of 5:24 p.m.:

  • C5 Libis Citybank
  • EDSA Main Ave. (northbound)
  • EDSA Kamayan to Mazda (southbound)

As of 5:34 p.m., floods at the northbound and southbound lanes of C5 Hypermart reached waist-deep.

Jude Trinidad of MMDA’s flood control said gutter-deep floods of about 7 inches deep also hit East Ave. and EDSA White Plains.

The northbound lane of EDSA Kamuning was also impassable to light vehicles due to the floods.

Floods also hit Quezon Ave. and Araneta Ave. But as of 6:05 p.m., MMDA said floods along Quezon Ave. have started to subside.

Tire-deep floods also submerged Mindanao Ave, EDSA Megamall, and EDSA Gate 4 (northbound).

In Timog Ave., several vehicles were stranded after floods reached waist-deep.

Authorities said McArthur Highway near Fatima College in Valenzuela is also not passable to all types of vehicles.

LPA spotted off Visayas

PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran said the rains are caused by the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Luzon and Visayas.

Duran said the rains from the ITCZ may come at any time of the day, unlike localized thunderstorms which are only experienced during afternoon or night.

“‘Yung mga pag-ulan natin usually wala ng oras kasi kapag localized thunderstorms lang usually hapon o gabi, pero kapag mayroon tayong ITCZ, kahit madaling araw mayroon tayong pag-ulan,” he told dzMM on Tuesday.

Duran said the rains may be experienced throughout the week.

Meanwhile, a low pressure area (LPA) was spotted 1,010 kilometers east of Visayas.

Duran said it may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility within 24 hours, and will be named “Odette” once it intensifies into a cyclone.

However, Duran said the weather disturbance is unlikely to hit land. -- With reports from Henry Atuelan and Robert Mano, dzMM