MRT, LRT, PNR suspend operations on April 22 after magnitude 6.1 quake

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The operations of Metro Manila’s railway lines were suspended Monday (April 22) following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that affected parts of Luzon, including the capital.

Transportation Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran told reporters in a text message that operations of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), and Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines 1 and 2 were halted upon the advice of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“Preliminary guidance from NDRRMC is NOT to resume operations until after a five hour observation period, based on risk of aftershocks, based on a similar earthquake event in Indonesia,” she said.

The Philippine National Railways also suspended its operations following the earthquake, which caused several people to evacuate their homes and buildings.

The Philippine National Police and Metro Manila Development Authority deployed vehicles to help passengers stranded by the halt in the railway lines’ operations.