Forced evacuation underway as Marikina River reaches 3rd alarm

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Forced evacuation has started in areas near the Marikina River after its water level went past the 18-meter mark Saturday, prompting local officials to sound the third alarm.

Residents in Barangays Tumana, Nangka and Sto. Nino have started to leave their homes after the river breached the 18-meter level at 5 p.m.

Hours before the water level reached third alarm, over 500 residents living near the Marikina River evacuated to public schools and gyms that have been designated as evacuation centers for safety.

As of 7:02 p.m., the water level at Marikina River is at 19.4 meters.

Under the Marikina River’s alarm system, a First Level warning is raised when the water reaches 15 meters. At 16 to 17 meters, Alarm Level 2 is raised and residents must be prepared to evacuate.

At Alarm Level 3, forced evacuation is done.

The heavy rains experienced in Metro Manila and most parts of Luzon are caused by the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding– which has left the country– and a tropical depression outside the Philippines.