'Ondoy' floods Metro Manila

Posted at 09/26/09 2:26 PM

Heavy and continuous rains brought on by Tropical Storm “Ondoy” on Saturday flooded communities in Metro Manila and have rendered many roads impassable.

Initial reports from weather bureau PAGASA said the volume of rainfall measured from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. was already equivalent to rains experienced in the past two weeks.

Munitinlupa Mayor Aldrin San Pedro reported that roads in 8 villages in the city are no longer passable due to waist-deep flood waters.

These include barangays Tunasan, Putatan, Bayanihan, Cupang, Buli and Sucat.

Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe was also reported by dzMM to have said that 16 barangays in the city are already flooded especially those near creeks and river channels. The radio report cited flooded areas as Sun Valley, Moonwalk, Sucat, San Dionisio, Tambo and areas in Quirino Ave. Many roads in the city were also reported impassable due to waist-deep floods.

Many areas in Manila and Quezon City were also reported to have already been flooded and thousands of commuters and private vehicles were stranded in major roads.

A radio dzMM report said a passenger onboard a bus on E. Rodriguez Ave was asking for assistance after the vehicle was stalled and was in danger of being swept away by strong current.

Landslides have also been reported in Taguig, Antipolo City and Cardona in Rizal province.

Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan said in a radio interview that 90% of the town is already flooded. He appealed to Meralco to cut off power supply to the area to prevent injury to residents especially in flooded communities.

Many roads have also been flooded rendering them impassable to light vehicles. The areas include EDSA, C5, Congressional Avenue, Greater Fairview and Doña Carmen in Quezon City.

Five barangays in San Juan City were also flooded due to non-stop rains.

Meanwhile, Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Gerry Zamudo said they are already deploying military trucks to evacuate affected residents all over Metro Manila and Rizal province.

“Ondoy” made landfall in Quezon province before noon, packing maximum winds of 85 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 100 kph.

The tropical storm was moving west northwest at 19 kph. It was expected to move near Iba town in Zambales province on Sunday morning.

Public Storm Signal No. 2 has been hoisted over the provinces of Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Northern Quezon and Polillo Island.

Storm Signal No.1 was raised over Isabela, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, the rest of Quezon, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro provinces, Lubang Island, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Bataan, and Metro Manila. -- reports from dzMM