Heavy rain triggers flash floods in metro
MANILA, Philippines - Heavy predawn rain triggered flash floods, rendering some roads impassable and forcing schools to suspend classes and rail services to be cancelled in parts of Metro Manila on Saturday, September 15.
The floods also caused traffic jams, particularly along the Skyway southbound section near Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The commuter service of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) was cancelled shortly after 5 am, the PNR said on Twitter.
ALERT: ALL commuter trips still cancelled. Standby for updates.— PNRailways (@PNRailways) September 14, 2012
A number of stations of the Light Rail Transit lines 1 and 2 are also flooded.
Weather bureau PAGASA issued a red warning indicating intense to torrential rainfall at 4.30 am.
ERRATUM: DATERED RAINFALL WARNING: Issued at:4:30AM, 15 September 2012 (Saturday)Target Areas: Whole Metro (cont) tl.gd/j9pjsj— PAGASA-DOST (@dost_pagasa) September 14, 2012
It later issued a similar warning at 7.30 am.
RED RAINFALL WARNING: Issued at:7:30AM, 15 September 2012 (Saturday)Target Areas: Whole Metro ManilaHeavy (cont) tl.gd/j9qb8u— PAGASA-DOST (@dost_pagasa) September 14, 2012
The water level of the Marikina River rose to 15.18 m, close to the first evacuation level of 17 m.
Typhoon 'Karen' is not expected to hit the Philippines but PAGASA noted it will enhance the effects of the southwest monsoon on its way to Taiwan and Okinawa in Japan. - Rappler.com