Forced evacuation as Marikina River water rises

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Due to heavy rains, the water level of the Marikina River reached the 4th alarm on Friday, September 19, prompting forced evacuation among residents near the river. 

As of 6 pm Friday, the water level reached a critical level of 19.9 meters, according to the city's Public Information Office. 

#ABISOMARIKENYO @mcdrrmo #MarikinaRiver water level UP at 19.9m as of 6:00pm 9-19-14 all floodgates open (cont) — PIO Marikina (@MarikinaPIO) September 19, 2014

The warning post siren at Marikina River has already been activated, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

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Marikina City, and the rest of Metro Manila and Luzon arexperiencing moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms due to the combined effects of Typhoon Mario (Fung-Wong) and the Southwest Monsoon. 

At least 4 areas are still under storm Signal No. 2. (READ: #MarioPH slightly weakens)

As of 3 pm, PAGASA already issued a red rainfall alert over ‎Metro Manila‬, Bataan‬, Zambales‬, Bulacan‬, Laguna‬, Rizal‬, Cavite‬, Batangas‬. PAGASA warned of severe flooding in these areas. 

Meanwhile, residents in Quezon and Pampanga are warned of possible floods as PAGASA issued an orange rainfall alert over the provinces.

A yellow rainfall alert was also issued over Tarlac and Nueva Ecija. This means residents should prepare for possible floods in low lying areas. –

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