Marikina River at Alert Level 4, forced evacuation ongoing

September 19, 2014 10:27 am 

MANILA, Sept. 19 — Due to rains brought by the combined effect of southwest monsoon and tropical storm "Mario," the city government of Marikina raised "Alert Level 4" as the Marikina River is now at 18.6 meters and forced evacuation is set to follow.

This was revealed by the Marikina Public Information Office in its Twitter account around 7:24 a.m..

Level 4 is adopted when the water is 18 or more meters above sea level and forced evacuation is to be implemented.

The city has a four-stage alarm level system for the Marikina River:

Alert Level 1, when the water is 15 meters above sea level, is a "babala (warning)."

Alert Level 2, when the water is 16 meters above sea level, means "maghanda (prepare)."

Alert Level 3, when the water is 17 meters above sea level, means "lumikas (evacuate)."

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has set up Tumana, Marikina evacuation center due to the rising water level of Marikina River.

The MMDA also lifted the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number coding scheme due to heavy rains while the operations of the Pasig River Ferry System was also suspended. (PNA)



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