La Mesa on red alert, Forced evacuation advised

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Satellite image as of August 13, 11 am. Image courtesy of PAGASA

As of 4 pm, Saturday, August 13, the water level in La Mesa Dam is just 10 centimeters short of the spilling level

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 13, 2016) — The La Mesa Dam is now on red alert due to continuous rain, and residents of surrounding areas have already been advised to evacuate, Manila Water said Saturday noon, August 13. 

As of 4 pm, Saturday, the water level at the dam already reached 80.05 meters, just 10 centimeters short of the spilling level of 80.15 meters.

North Fairview barangay captain Manuel Chua noted that the dam has no gate and once its limit is reached, water will overflow to the Tullahan River, affecting several barangays.

La Mesa Dam engineer Teddy Angeles recommended “forced evacuation” in low-lying areas.

Affected areas include communities in Quezon City, Valenzuela, Malabon, and Navotas which are along the Tullahan River.

The implementation of the recommendation to conduct forced evacuation is up to local authorities.

Meanwhile, the water level of the Marikina River reached 17.7 meters as of 3:50 pm, according to the Marikina Public Information Office (PIO).

This prompted Marikina authorities to begin implementing mandatory evacuation for residents of the city’s low-lying areas.

By 4:17 pm, the water level of the Marikina River had already hit 18 meters, which is equivalent to Alert Level 4.

It then rose to a peak of 18.6 meters as of 6:20 pm, then started going down at 6:42 pm. The water level 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