tropical cyclones in PH

La Mesa Dam hits spilling level

Camille Elemia

The La Mesa Dam in Quezon City hit its spilling level on Thursday, November 12, due to heavy rains caused by Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco).

In a tweet, Citing the manager of the La Mesa Dam, the Philippine Information Agency tweeted that the dam is already spilling into the Tullahan River as of 9:30 am. The spilling level is 80.15 meters.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) earlier told residents living in low-lying areas along Tullahan River in Quezon City and Valenzuela City to evacuate.

The affected areas in Quezon City are Fairview, Forest Hills Subivision, Quirino Highway, Sta Quiteria, and San Bartolome.

In Valenzuela, the  affected areas include Barangay Ligon and La Huerta Subd.

Typhoon Ulysses continued to trigger torrential rain and destructive winds in parts of Luzon as it moved inland before dawn on Thursday.

Ulysses is moving west northwest at a slightly faster 25 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 20 km/h.

It will continue to cross the landmass of Central Luzon, then emerge over the West Philippine Sea on Thursday morning. – Rappler.com

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation issues, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email camille.elemia@rappler.com