PAGASA to NCR: Brace for severe flooding

(UPDATED) A red rainfall warning means evacuation should be made in low-lying areas. Metro Manila's neighboring provinces also advised 'to take precautionary measures'

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GUTTER-DEEP. Floodwater starts to rise along España in Manila as Typhoon Maring brings intense rains August 18. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler.com

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The state weather bureau raised a red rainfall warning over Metro Manila on Sunday evening, August 18, saying “severe flooding is expected” due to “intense rains” brought about by Typhoon Maring.

In its 9 pm bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) advised residents in the National Capital Region “to take precautionary measures.”

A red warning means more than 30 mm have been observed in an hour and is expected to continue in the next two hours. An evacuation is advised in low-lying areas.

The latest Pagasa said “heavy to intense rains” are also affecting the provinces of ‪Bataan‬, ‪Zambales‬, ‪Bulacan‬, ‪Pampanga‬, ‪Tarlac‬, ‪Nueva‬ ‪Ecija‬, ‪Rizal‬, ‪Cavite‬, ‪Laguna‬, and ‪Batangas‬.

The rains are “most likely to continue for the next 3 hours.”

The heavy rain has caused water level in Marikina River to rise, prompting officials to declare Alert level 2.

Alert level 2 calls for preparedness among residents near the river.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has also posted in its Twitter account reports of flooding in various parts of the metro.

Monday classes in some areas in Metro Manila as well as nearby provinces are already suspended due to the heavy rain. – Rappler.com

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