Jul 18, 2009

Marikina River Rises due to Continued Rains

Typhoon "Isang" has caused heavy rains all over the Metro. Even though Metro Manila isn't directly affected by the storm as there is no storm signal over the National Capitol Region, the non-stop rains over the last few days has caused the Marikina river to rise beyond normal levels.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced that "Isang" was moving toward Hong Kong and southern China, with winds whipping at 95 kilometers per hour.

Residents near the river banks of San Mateo and Marikina have been heavily affected as waters have risen from knee-deep to chest-high. Affected families have been evacuated to the Nangka public school.

The Marikina RiverPark has doubled in width and the walkways on both sides of the river have been submerged. Floods and high waters are expected to subside as long as the rainfall decreases.

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