Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rains drench Metro Manila

Gilbert P. Felongco in Gulf News: Rain that poured over an extended period as a result of a low pressure weather system placed many areas in Metro Manila under water as flights and classes were suspended. Traffic was snarled as moderate to rainfall fell around dawn, continuing for at least six hours and flooding parts of the metropolis as storm drain systems were overwhelmed by the rain

Reports said there was heavy flooding in parts of Paranaque, Quezon City as well as Valenzuela, Malabon and Navotas cities.

...According to the the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) weather bureau, a low pressure area hovering over the southern Luzon province of Batangas, had caused continuous rains dumping 7.5 to 15 millimetres of rain per hour. In comparison, typhoon Ketsana (Philippine codename: Ondoy) which visited the country on September 25, 2009 delivered 40mm of rain per hour over a six-hour period.

Aside from Metro Manila, other parts of the northern main island of Luzon affected by the weather disturbance include Central and Southern Luzon as well as Western Visayas.
The continues heavy rain also caused Ipo Dam in Norsagaray in Bulacan to overflow and La Mesa Dam north of Metro Manila to reach danger level.

Domingo said that the presence of the weather system also prompted the cancellation of at least six domestic flights originating from Manila as classes from nursery up to college level were suspended....

The aftermath of Typhoon Ketsana (or Ondoy) in September 2009, shot by IRRI Images, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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