Water level in Marikina River goes down

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in the Marikina River went down on Saturday, September 20, as Tropical Storm Mario (international name Fung-Wong) headed out the country.

In a tweet, the Marikina Public Information Office (PIO) reported that the water level in the river has gone down to 15.5 meters as of 1:26 pm.

However, it is within the range of the 1st alarm, or over 15 meters, based on Marikina's official water level monitoring system.

#MarikinaRiver water level DOWN to 15.5m as of 1:26pm. (cap) — PIO Marikina (@MarikinaPIO) September 20, 2014

The Marikina PIO also said that all roads leading to and from the city are now passable.

On Friday, the 4th alarm was raised, prompting forced evacuation among residents near the river. That evening, the water level in the river reached a critical 19.9 meters.

Tropical Storm Mario did not directly pass through Metro Manila, but it brought heavy rain that caused floods in the metropolis and many areas of Luzon. – Rappler.com

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