Forced evacuation ordered in Marikina

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As of 8 pm, August 13, more than 2,000 families are evacuated from flood-prone areas

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 13, 2016) — Due to heavy rain, the water level of the Marikina River reached the 4th alarm on Saturday afternoon, August 13, prompting an evacuation of residents near the river. 

As of 4:17 pm, the water reached the critical level of 18 meters, according to the city’s Public Information Office (PIO). All floodgates were opened, said the PIO.

The 4th alarm is raised when the water level reaches 18 meters. This means that the local government unit will implement forced evacuation in low-lying and flood-prone areas.

As of 8 pm, more than 2,000 families have been evacuated from flood-prone areas, said the Philippine Information Agency-National Capital Region (PIA-NCR).

Earlier at 6:20 pm, the Marikina River’s water level reached a peak of 18.6 meters.

It then started going down 6:42 pm, and was at 16.8 meters as of 11:03 pm.

State weather bureau PAGASA said on Saturday afternoon that Luzon and Western Visayas will continue to experience monsoon rains for 5 more days.


  by Voltaire Tupaz | Rappler.com