HEAVY RAINS PARALYZE LUZON, METRO MANILA / LIST: IMPASSABLE ROADS
 

[PHOTO -A man crosses deep floodwaters using water containers as floaters in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. AP/Aaron Favila]

MANILA, AUGUST 8, 2012 (INQUIRER) By Tonette Orejas Associated Press - Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools.

Malacanang immediately announced the suspension of classes and work in government offices in Metro Manila and nine provinces due to non-stop rains.

“Upon the recommendation of Pagasa and in view of the continuing inclement weather brought about by the southwest monsoon [Habagat], work in government offices and classes in college level in NCR [National Capital Region], provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal are hereby suspended today, 07August 2012,” the Palace said in its Memorandum Circular No. 33 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr.

The same directive, however, said that agencies “whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of vital public services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services”.

Incessant downpours set off by the seasonal monsoon overflowed major dams and rivers in Manila and nine surrounding provinces and put authorities on alert. The death toll from last week’s Typhoon Saola, which battered Manila and the northern Philippines for several days, has climbed steadily to 51.

The head of the government’s rescue agency, Benito Ramos, said there were no immediate reports of new casualties early Tuesday after the rains pounded already saturated Manila for more than 24 hours.

Vehicles and even heavy trucks struggled to navigate water-clogged roads, where hundreds of thousands of commuters were stranded overnight. Many cars were stuck in the muddy waters.

The La Mesa dam, which supplies water to the capital of 12 million people, spilled excess water for a second time early Tuesday into the rivers flowing into Quezon city, a middle-class Manila suburb, as well as the neighborhoods of Malabon, Valenzuela and Caloocan, where several villages were submerged.

Along the swollen Marikina River, police were deployed to move more than 5,000 residents away from the riverbanks in what Vice Mayor Jose Cadiz said was an enforced evacuation. The operation started after the City Hall sounded the alarm bell.

The Philippine Stock Exchange in the financial district of Makati, which was also flooded, was closed Tuesday. Also closed was the U.S. Embassy along Manila Bay in the historic old city, which was drenched out last week when a storm surge pushed the water over the seawall.

“The embassy is closed today due to excessive flooding in the streets and concern for the safety of our employees and consular applicants,” Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. said in an announcement.

The military, which is involved in rescue work, canceled several events due to the flooding, including an awarding of bounties to tipsters who helped troops capture al-Qaida-linked militants.

In 2009, massive flooding spawned by a typhoon devastated Manila and the surrounding areas and killed hundreds of residents in rampaging flash floods. The state weather bureau said the current flooding was not as severe but warned of more rainy days ahead.

Typhoon Saola was the seventh of 20 typhoons and storms expected to batter the Philippines this year.

MMDA lists impassable roads By Karen Boncocan INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Tuesday has declared several roads impassable due to flooding.

Also, Makati and Las Pinas lifted the number coding ban that will allow vehicles with plate numbers ending in 3 and 4 to travel in their cities, according to the MMDA. Below is a list of impassable roads as of posting time:

* E. Mu๑oz-Pami – waist deep, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Reina Reigente/Abad Santos/Recto – tire deep, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* E.Rodriguez – not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Kalentong – waist deep, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Tulyahan McArthur – knee deep, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Pio Valenzuela – not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Commonwealth Capitol Zuzuaregi – waist deep, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* San Juan/F.Manalo – waist deep, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Liano road Caloocan – chest deep, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Rizal Avenue/R.Papa – not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Old Sta.Mesa/V.Mapa intersection – waist deep, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Verm before Caltex – neck deep not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Quezon Blvd. Carlos Palanca/Mendiola – not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Roxas NB infront San Juan de dios – knee deep, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Ramon Magsaysay Blvd. – waist deep, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Quezon Ave Roosevelt – Congressional Road San Mateo Bataan – not passable;

* Zapote Alabang Road waist deep flood, not passable;

* Roxas NB infront of San Juan de dios – knee deep;

* Ssouthbound and northbound of NLEX Balintawak, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Biak na Bato – not passable;

* Quezon Avenue, Sto. Domingo – knee deep;

* Eagle St. GSIS Village Quezon City – waist deep;

* C5 NB Ateneo – knee deep;

* E. Rodriguez Waltermart, not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Masaya St. Commonwealth Philcoa – not passable;

* C4 Lascano – waist deep;

* Victory St. G.Araneta – chest deep;

* SM Sucat, Para๑aque – waist deep;

* Mandaluyong Maysilo – Knee deep;

* Quezon Ave Maria Clara – not passable;

* Teneros Malabon, as of 7:00 am, neck deep;

* Quirino Sauyo – not passable to types of vehicles;

* NLEX Balintawak – not passable to all types of vehicles;

* South Super Highway Buendia Dela Rosa – not passable to light vehicles;

* BBB McArthur – not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Q.Ave Barangay Tatalon Kaliraya – not passable to all types of vehicles;

* Q.Ave Delta – not passable;

* Q.Ave Araneta – not passable;

* Quezon Ave Scout Schuatoco – not passable;

* Quezon Ave Centris EDSA NB – not passable;

* San Marcelino Taft Ayala, Manila – not Passable;

* Burgos Finance, Manila in-front of Manila City Hall – not passable;

* RMB – not passable;

* C5 Libis bypass Rd – not passable.


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