Heavy rains cause floods, suspension of classes and offices in Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon

Weather bureau PAGASA issued a Red Warning Advisory Tuesday, as the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by Tropical Storm Maring continues to bring torrential rain and causing floods in Luzon and Visayas.

The areas under red warning should expect “severe flooding,” with at least 30 mm of rain per hour in the next few hours, PAGASA said in its 7AM advisory Tuesday.

“Heavy to torrential rains is affecting Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Zambales, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga and Occidental Mindoro. Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rains is affecting Batangas, Laguna and Quezon and most likely to continue for the next 3hrs,” the advisory said.

PAGASA said that the weather may improve on Wednesday, but TS Maring is still hovering over Batanes and will be out of the country by Thursday.

Meanwhile, the National Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reported  seven deaths, 11 injured and four others missing due to the rains as of Tuesday morning.

More than 145,000 individuals are affected by floods across North Luzon, CALABARZON, CAR and NCR.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that they have 38,000 food packs ready for distribution in the affected areas, but they are still repacking to ensure enough supply.

Local authorities announced the suspension of classes and offices in the affected areas on Monday night, while major business offices like the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Philippine Stock Exchange are also closed.

As of 9 AM Tuesday, all flights are on hold at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, while all number coding in Metro Manila was lifted by the (MMDA).

 

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