Over 1,000 evacuated as floods hit metro
Manila , Philippines – More than a thousand persons had to be evacuated from their homes in Quezon City yesterday due to floods brought about by continuous rains.
Metro Manila residents woke up to heavy rainfall Monday morning. The continuous rains overnight flooded major thoroughfares in the metropolis.
Classes in majority of kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools in Metro Manila were suspended by local officials.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Richard Albano said as of 11 a.m. yesterday a total of 1,283 residents had to be evacuated and brought to various evacuation centers.
The police official said the Barangay Hall of Mariblo sheltered the biggest number of evacuees with 500 residents taking refuge there.
This was followed by the evacuation center at the Sto. Domingo Church where 200 evacuees took shelter.
Two other churches took in flood victims — the Lourdes Church in Retiro where 91 persons took refuge and the Holy Family Parish Church in Barangay Roxas which accommodated 140 evacuees.
Other evacuation centers where flood victims were brought included the Day Care Center of Barangay Sta. Cruz which accommodated 140 evacuees; Masambong Barangay Hall, 80 persons; Sta. Cruz Barangay Hall, 70 persons; Kampuput Multi-Purpose Hall in Barangay Roxas, 30 persons; and Barangay Hall of Dona Imelda, 32 persons.
Some roads went under four to five feet of floodwater and became impassable to all vehicles including a portion of Araneta Ave. from Calamba to Ma. Clara; along Along Retiro from Palali to Tabayoc; along Gumamela; and along Araneta Ave. from E. Rodriguez to Kaliraya.
The roads in the area of Dapitan/Mayon were not passable to light vehicles due to flood that went three feet deep.
The QCPD monitored that the water elevation at the La Mesa Dam remained normal at 79.20.
*In Marikina City, heavy rains brought about by the southwest monsoon caused the water level in the Marikina River to reach 15.4 meters as of 10:30 a.m. while some streets in Marikina were not passable to light vehicles. Classes in all levels were suspended by the city government. Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman warned residents near the Marikina River to remain vigilant.
* Due to nonstop rains, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday lifted the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number-coding scheme. Vehicles with license plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are allowed to travel on major thoroughfares in the metropolis from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
* The MMDA mobilized more than 300 of its workers to conduct intensified simultaneous rescue and declogging operations in flood-hit areas in Metro Manila. Chairman Francis Tolentino said the agency personnel will provide all the necessary assistance to residents in flooded areas.
* Several areas in San Juan City were flooded yesterday morning due to nonstop rains caused by the southwest monsoon, the local government said. Grace Cortez-Pardines, chief of the city’s Public Information Department (PID), said some areas located in six barangays of the city were submerged from two to four feet of water after heavy to intense rainfall affected Metro Manila, Zabales, and Bataan Monday morning.
* Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista suspended work at all city hall offices yesterday in the wake of the continuous rains.The mayor issued the suspension order at about 9 a.m. after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declared an orange rainfall advisory over Metro Manila at about 5:45 a.m.
* Local government officials in the four localities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela areas suspended their classes at the elementary and high school levels due to the enhanced southwest monsoon rains that battered Metro Manila since Sunday morning.
Local authorities are on standby to evacuate families who might be affected by the rampaging waters coming from the Tullahan River. (With reports from Madelynne Dominguez, Anna Liza Villas Alavaren, Francis T. Wakefield, Chito Chavez, Ed Mahilum, Carlo S. Suerte Felipe, and Kris Bayos)