Tue, August 07, 2012

9 buried in landslide as north Philippines immersed in floods

2012-08-07 04:11:16 GMT2012-08-07 12:11:16(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MANILA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Intermittent heavy rains flooded large parts of Metro Manila and surrounding nine provinces on Tuesday, causing a landslide which buried nine people in Quezon city.

The landslide occurred at 7 a.m. near Litex Road in Commonwealth village of Quezon City Tuesday morning. Nine people are believed to have been buried under the mud. One family had already been dug up and rushed to a nearby hospital. Rescue workers are continuing digging, according to local radio broadcast.

Traffic in Metro Manila came virtually to standstill as flood water had made many roads impassable, forcing government offices and schools to suspend normal operations.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. announced Tuesday morning the suspension of classes and work in government offices and private firms in Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinnan, Tarlac, Laguna, Cavite, Rezal and Bulacan.

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) announced on its website trading would be suspended on Tuesday due to inclement weather. The Philippine Congress and courtrooms also suspended their operation on Tuesday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has updated rainfall warning over Metro Manila from green to red, which means heavy rains in the next two hours and high risk of serious flooding.

PAGASA said that from 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Administration recorded 323.4 mm of rainfall, 91.6 mm of which were dumped in just five hours. The rainfall in Quezon city came to 222.6 mm in the last nine hours. PAGASA estimated Metro Manila' s average rainfall in August at 504.2 mm.

As of 6 a.m., La Mesa Dam in Quezon City, Metro Manila, has overflowed and was at 80.54 m, above its spilling level of 80.15 m.

Ipo Dam in Bulacan province has opened two gates after its water level reached 101.10 m, beyond its spilling level of 100.80 m.

The water level in Marikina River has reached critical levels, prompting forced evacuation for residents in the area. In some parts of low-lying Marikina city, Metro Manila, flood water has climbed to neck-deep by Tuesday morning, forcing at least 700 families to move into various evacuation centers.

Nationally, statistics from the Social Welfare Department showed, 4,489 families with 20,792 people are in 100 evacuation centers.

PAGASA forecast torrential rains in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon region would last till Wednesday.


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