- The Marikina River reached alert level 4 or the critical level on Saturday afternoon due to the southwest monsoon rains
- Level 4 calls for a forced evacuation of residents
- Several areas in Metro Manila are already flooded
As heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon continue to pour, the Marikina local government issued an alert level four over the Marikina River. This alert level is also known as the critical level which calls for the forced evacuation of residents.
With all eight floodgates open, the Marikina Public Information Office said that the Marikina River went up to 18 meters.
The Marikina River alert level one, which means at least 15 meters above sea level, was reached at 11:37 a.m. Alert level two, which means at least 16 meters above sea level, was reached at 1:38 p.m. This level calls for residents to prepare for evacuation.
Alert level three, which means at least 17 meters above sea level, was reached at 2:40 p.m. This level calls for an evacuation. Alert level four was reached at 4:17 p.m.
On Saturday afternoon, the La Mesa Dam in Quezon City also reached critical levels. The local government responded by advising residents around the Tullahan River to evacuate.
According to PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), the southwest monsoon will continue to bring moderate to heavy rainfall over Metro Manila, Bataan, Cavite, Zambales, and Ilocos. Flashfloods and landslides are possible in these areas.
Over Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon, light to moderate rains with isolated thunderstorms should be expected by residents.
Some of the flooded areas in Metro Manila include Mc Arthur Fernando, C3/A. Mabini Intersection, ERB Araneta Intersection, ERB Araneta Intersection, Rizal Avenue R. Papa, Espana Lacson, and EDSA-Kaingin Road. – Kami Media