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Floods force suspension of classes in Cavite, Laguna towns

/ 04:20 PM July 03, 2012

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IMUS, Cavite, Philippines–Classes were suspended Tuesday in Rosario, Cavite after heavy rains caused the waters of Manila Bay to swell and flood the town’s low-lying areas.

Rosario Mayor Jose Ricafrente said water started to rise early Tuesday, prompting the municipal government to initially suspend classes at a flood-stricken public high school early in the morning.

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“Rosario National High School in Barangay (village) Sapa is located in a low-lying area that’s why it is submerged in water every time the Manila Bay is at high tide,” Ricafrente said.

Afternoon classes in the rest of the schools in Rosario were also canceled, he said.

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Cavite Governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla announced that afternoon classes were also suspended in the coastal towns of Noveleta and Naic facing Manila Bay.

Vicente Tomazar, director of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) said classes were suspended in the cities of Bacoor and Tagaytay in Cavite, Cainta in Rizal and Calamba City in Laguna due to the bad weather.

Tomazar said the DRRMC is monitoring the water level of the San Mateo river in Rizal against a possible river overflow.

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