Alert Level 4 raised for Marikina River-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
MANILA (3rd Update) -- Residents near the Marikina River were forced to evacuate Tuesday afternoon after the water level reached 18 meters above sea level following the heavy rains brought the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm "Maring."
In its official Twitter account, the Marikina public information office said that as of 4 p.m., the water level has reached 18.6 meters.
"#Marikinariver ALERT LEVEL 4. 18.6m ang water level as of 4:00 p.m. FORCED EVACUATION," Marikina PIO posted.
Alert Level 1 was in effect at 8:13 a.m. Under the four-stage alarm level system for the river, Alert Level 1 is declared when the water is 15 meters above sea level. This is raised to Alert Level 2 when the water level reaches 16 meters and to Level 3 when the water is at 17 meters high above sea level.
According to the public information office of the city, there are 2,470 families evacuated in 11 areas. The breakdown is as follows:
• H. Bautista Elementary School - 637 families (3,066 persons)
• Filipinas Village Basketball Court - 159 families (821 persons)
• Concepcion Integrated School - 25 families (153 persons)
• Nangka Elementary School - 770 families (2,600 persons)
• Libis Bulelak Gym - 149 families (755 persons)
• Malanday Elementary School - 400 families (4,200 persons)
• Sto Niño Elementary School - 28 families (105 persons)
• Sampaguita Village, Malanday - 176 families (861 persons)
• Baranggay Multi Purpose Hall (Brgy. Dela Peña) - 24 families (103 persons)
• Fairlane Gym - 102 families
• Parang Gym - 307 persons
The state weather bureau has issued an orange rainfall advisory in Metro Manila and its nearby provinces at 1:10 p.m. Severe flooding from heavy to intense rains is expected. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)