Marikina River approaching alert level

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Marikina River. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The water level in Marikina River is reaching close to Alert Level 1  Wednesday as rains spawned by tropical depression “Isang” drenched parts of Metro Manila.

The Marikina River water level was at 12.6 meters as of 2:20 p.m., the Marikina public information office posted in its Twitter account.

Alarm Level 1 means at least 15 meters above sea level. In Alarm Level 2, the water is at least 16 meters above sea level which calls for “preparedness;” Alert Level 3 is 17 meters above sea level and calls for “evacuation;” while Critical Level is raised when the water is at least 18 meters above sea level and this calls for “forced evacuation.”

Tropical depression “Isang” enhanced southwest monsoon and brought moderate to heavy rains in parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, and Western Visayas.

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