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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – State weather bureau PAGASA has lowered its rainfall warning for Metro Manila and neighboring provinces from Orange to Yellow evening of Tuesday, August 20, as tropical storm Maring (international codename Trami), moves toward Taiwan.
The bureau says moderate to heavy rains is expected over Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Zambales, Bataan and Occidental Mindoro for the next three hours.
The Yellow rainfall warning was again released at 4:30 am Wednesday, August 21.
Flooding is still expected in low-lying areas, and all are advised to continue monitoring the weather condition.
More than half of Manila was flooded on Tuesday morning due to heavy rains, while vast areas of neighbouring farming regions on the main island of Luzon were also inundated.
At least 706,739 people are now affected by the combined effects of tropical storm Maring (international codename Trami) and the southwest monsoon, with the number of dead reaching 8, government officials reported.
The provinces of Laguna, Pampanga, Bataan, and Cavite, as well as the towns of San Mateo and Taytay in Rizal, and Sta Barbara in Pangasinan were placed under a state of calamity due to intense flood.
The southwest monsoon will continue bringing rain to Luzon and Visayas on Wednesday, Pagasa said, as the tropical strorm gained strength while moving northwest.
In the 11pm weather bulletin, the tropical storm was estimated at 520 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, with maximum winds of 105 kph and gustiness of up to 135 kph.
It is expected to be at 430 km north of Itbayat, Batanes or even outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday evening – Rappler.com