Heavy monsoon rains cause floods in Metro Manila, nearby provinces

Heavy rains over the weekend through early Monday morning poured over a large part of the Luzon island, submerging many parts in flood waters, including Metro Manila.

The government also advised residents in Metro Manila and Luzon provinces to remain indoors as monsoon rains are expected to persist.

Weather bureau PAGASA also said Central Luzon should brace for heavy rains for the rest of the day.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said at least 3 people were reported dead, 4 are missing and nearly 20,000 families affected as a result of the flooding.

Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla said 1 was confirmed dead and 2 are missing due to flooding in the province.

The NDRRMC reported another casualty was reported in the province of Apayao.

A state of calamity has been declared in Cavite; the towns of Narvacan and Sta. Maria in Ilocos Sur; and Sta. Rosa. San Pedro, Biñan, Cabuyao and Calamba in Laguna due to non-stop rains since Friday.

The NDRRMC also said massive flooding was reported in Cavite, Laguna and Rizal. There are already around 18,300 affected families.

In Cavite, major roads from Imus to the Coastal Road have been closed.

Severely affected areas include Bacoor, Imus, General Trias, Poblacion, Noveleta, Tanza, and Naic. Motorists going into Cavite can pass through Quirino Highway and Daang Hari in Bacoor.

In the neighboring province of Laguna, 5 towns were also submerged in floods as high as five feet.

“Sa Sta. Rosa City, sa Golden City (subdivision) lampas tao ang ibang areas. Meron naman lampas dibdib, meron hanggang hita,” Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito said in a phone interview with ANC.

According to Ejercito, over 500 families were affected in San Pedro, Biñan, Cabuyao, Calamba and Santa Rosa. Ejercito said he expects this figure to rise as rescue boats rush to pick up stranded residents.

He also said 15 out of 18 barangays in Sta. Rosa Laguna have been submerged in water, making its local government declare a state of calamity in the area.

Ejercito said floodwaters have reached the roofs of the one-storey houses in Sta. Rosa while waist-deep waters have submerged subdivisions in Cabuyao. In Biñan, 1438 families were evacuated.

The overflowing of Laguna Lake caused the massive flooding, he said.

Vehicles were also caught in a flashflood along the South Luzon Expressway Southwoods exit in Biñan, Laguna early this morning.

According to a report from DZMM's Dennis Datu, the flood water slowly rose around 5 a.m. until it began to flood heavily a few minutes before 8 a.m. Passengers onboard the stranded vehicles were able to escape immediately.

Over in Ilocos Sur, other towns affected by the floods include San Juan, Magsingal, Santo Domingo, and Santa Caoayan.

Around 43 barangays in Western Pangasinan were reportedly hit by flashfloods. The local authorities are still validating the damages in agriculture and infrastructure.

In Dagupan City, Pangasinan, 18 barangays were submerged in flood water.
Classes are suspended at all levels in Malabon, San Juan, Paranaque, Pasig, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and Rizal.
Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman told ANC that the water level at the Marikina River is now below 15 meters after rising Sunday night. Families who volunteered to be evacuated have now returned to their homes.

Weather bureau PAGASA downgraded the rainfall warning from Sunday’s red warning to orange Monday morning and then to yellow around 12 noon.  But heavy rains are still expected from the southwest monsoon which is being enhanced by Tropical Storm Maring.

An orange rainfall advisory is raised in areas where rainfall is between 15 mm and 30 mm within an hour. Flooding is still a threat. A red rainfall is raised in areas where rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour.
"Maring" has maintained its strength and remained almost stationary for the past 6 hours.

It was last spotted 575 east of Itbayat, Batanes with maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center with gustiness of 90 kilometers per hour.

It is moving east northeast at 7 kilometers per hour.

Maring is expected to continue enhancing the southwest monsoon that will bring moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms over Luzon, particularly the Western section.

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