CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning System (PRBFFWS) Senior Weather Specialist Hilton Hernando said the rise in water levels in the Pampanga River basin is not alarming.

Water monitoring reports from August 8 to 10 showed that the Candaba Swamp posted a 4:29 meter rise and its pre-alert level is supposedly at 3 meters, Hilton said.

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However, Hilton stated that they are “not yet alarmed” with this since the area is a swamp where big amounts of water usually flow in. He added the swamp has small waterways where big amounts of water also flow out. It is also the area where water stays for a prolonged period of time, he said.

"Kahit na na-hit pa nito ang alert level which is at 5 meters, hindi parin ito nakakaalarma dahil sanay na ang mga tao. At the same time, sana'y nang malampasan ang ganyang level. With this, ang pinaka alert level niya ay 5.5 meters," he said.

He said the Pampanga River basin is not yet in the pre-alert level since the amount of rainfall from August 08 to 10 is not significant.

"From Agaust 08 to 10, pinakamaulan yung August 8 which was last Sunday. Pero kahapon up to now hindi gaanong umulan. Uulan lang kung hapon," he continued.

He clarified that the situation where rain comes after too much heat is affected by humidity. This happens where more evaporation takes place and causes heavy rain. (Marlon P. Beltran)