Alert Level 3 up on Marikina River, residents evacuated
MANILA, Philippines–Amid heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm “Mario,” the Marikina government raised early Friday alert level three over Marikina River, prompting residents nearby to evacuate immediately.
The Marikina City Public Information Office said over Twitter that the river’s water level went up to 17.4 meters as of 6:09 a.m. with all floodgates open.
Alert level one is at least 15 meters above sea level; alert level two is at least 16 meters above sea level which calls for “preparedness;” level three is 17 meters above sea level and calls for “evacuation;” and the critical level or at least 18 meters above sea level calls for “forced evacuation.”
Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman also ordered class suspension in all levels in the city early Friday.
Some roads in Marikina, meanwhile, are not passable due to flooding, according to the Marikina Public Information Office.
The flooded roads include: G. Fernando Avenue and Agora Complex in Sumulong – Balanti (Katipunan Extension) and FVR road.
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