#MarioPH floods up to 25% of Metro Manila, but worst is over
MANILA, Philippines – The worst appears to be over for the National Capital Region (NCR), which was one of the areas that bore the brunt of tropical storm Mario on Friday, September 19.
"We will experience improved weather in Metro Manila by Saturday. We will still experience rains but it will not be as heavy as we experienced today," said PAGASA's Esperanza Cayanan at the briefing of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) early Friday evening.
A total of 34,852 persons, mostly in Quezon City in Marikina, are in various evacuation centers around the country capital.
The rainfall warning signal has been lowered from red to orange as Mario continues to move northward. Pagasa is now monitoring Central Luzon, which has been placed under red rainfall warning.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino said 20% to 25% of Metro Manila's 636-square-kilometer area was affected by floods on Friday. Fifteen percent of Metro Manila's 5,035-kilometer road length was rendered impassable, he added.
Earlier, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported 47 road sections that were closed due to flooding.
In comparison, Habagat rains in 2012 flooded 30% to 40% of Metro Manila while Ondoy flooded up to 60% in 2009.
The Science Garden rainfall recording station in Quezon City showed that Mario brought 143 millimeters of rains from 8 am to 5 pm on Friday.
"Malaki po ang ulan na ito (This is a lot of rain)," said Cayanan. But it's not comparable to Ondoy in 2009, which registered 455 mm of rainfall. (READ: #MarioPH: Is it Ondoy all over again?) – Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com