[PHOTO- Rescuers paddle their boat to bring residents to drier areas after overnight rains spawned by typhoon Karen flooded parts of San Juan city Saturday. The rains flooded low-lying areas of metropolitan Manila forcing the cancellation of classes and the evacuation of hundreds of residents in affected areas. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)]

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 (PHILSTAR) By Helen Flores & Alexis Romero - The southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon “Karen” will continue to bring rains over parts of the country, including Metro Manila in the next three days, the weather bureau said yesterday.

Administrator Nathaniel Servando of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said occasional moderate to heavy rains will continue to prevail over Central and Southern Luzon and Western Visayas until Wednesday.

However, no low-pressure area is expected to affect the country this week, he added.

Metro Manila will still experience light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Robert Sawi, PAGASA weather division chief, warned of possible flooding in low-lying areas in Metro Manila due to continuous rains.

“We are monitoring a possible cyclone off the Pacific Ocean, but we are not yet sure if it will enter PAR (Philippine area of responsibility) this week,” he said.

Metro Manila experienced intense and torrential rainfall early Saturday due to the southwest monsoon, triggering floods.

Karen (international name Sanba) left the Philippines on Saturday night.

[PHOTO FROM DAILY INQUIRER- STREET FERRY: Residents of Hagonoy village in Taguig City ride in improvised boats as monsoon rains cause flooding in streets. ARNOLD ALMACEN]

PAGASA warned fishermen in Northern Luzon against venturing into the sea due to big waves.

Northern Luzon, particularly Ilocos Norte and Cagayan, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms, PAGASA added.

Rough to very rough seas will affect the areas with wave heights expected to reach 3.4 to 4.5 meters, PAGASA said.

Karen has left at least one person dead and hundreds displaced.

[PHOTO -Commuters wade through a flooded street during heavy downpour brought by Typhoon Sanba in Quezon City, metro Manila on Sept 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS]

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has identified the lone fatality as Arsenio Bongcales, a 75-year old fisherman from Oppus, Southern Leyte.

The body of Bongcales, who drowned while fishing last Friday, was found after two days.

Karen affected 511 persons or 137 families in Quezon City, San Juan and Valenzuela in Metro Manila, according to NDRRMC.

Of this number, 181 people or 55 families went to evacuation centers, while the rest sought temporary shelter in houses of relatives.

Local disaster management personnel have distributed relief packs to the affected families.

Speaking over radio dzBB, NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said Karen did not cause significant damage to property.

“We expect nine to 10 more storms until November,” he said. “Our preparations are continuous.”

Ramos said every family must prepare a disaster response plan and cooperate with local officials.

“Everyone, not just the government, should be ready,” he said.

The Mindoro West Coastal Road in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro remains impassable to all types of vehicles, the NDRRMC said. As of yesterday, the road cannot be fixed due to strong current.

The NDRRMC discouraged fishing boats and small sea vessels from venturing into the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon and the seaboards of Southern Luzon due to big waves.


3 major roads in Makati, Quezon City, Pasay flooded—MMDA By Ninay Calleja Philippine Daily Inquirer

[PHOTO -Garbage bags float in almost knee-high-deep flood on Pasong Tirad, Makati City, on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at 5:28 p.m. PHOTO BY RICK ALBERTO]

MANILA, Philippines—At least three major roads in Metro Manila were flooded on Sunday afternoon as a result of the nonstop rains almost throughout the entire day, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said.

According to reports of the MMDA Metrobase, the south-bound lane of Chino Roces (former Pasong Tamo) Avenue under the Magallanes Interchange in Makati City was not passable to light vehicles as of 5:05 p.m. due to tire-deep floods.

Both lanes of the EDSA- P. Tuazon tunnel in Quezon City were under gutter-deep water since 3 p.m. but remained passable to vehicles as of this writing.

The MMDA said vehicles on the south-bound lane of the EDSA-Taft Avenue in Pasay City were moving slowly because of the gutter-deep floods in the area.

Pagasa warns of persistent rains By Jeannette I. Andrade, Maricar Cinco Inquirer Southern Luzon, Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:31 am | Monday, September 17th, 2012

[PHOTO -Small time entrepreneurs take advantage of ferrying passengers in the flooded Araneta ave, Q.C. due to typhoon Karen. ROMY HOMILLADA -INQUIRER: Low-lying coastal areas of Metro Manila were hardest hit, forcing people to leave their homes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. At least 10 domestic flights were cancelled and universities in affected areas called off classes, the council said. Although the heavy rain eased later in the day, de la Cruz said the Philippines could continue to suffer heavy downpours until Tuesday. So far, Karen has caused only one fatality in the Philippines, a fisherman who ventured out to sea on September 12 but whose dead body was recovered two days later, the disaster management council said. Storms and flooding from torrential rain affected more than two million people in August and killed scores. The Philippines endures about 20 major storms or typhoons each rainy season]

The “habagat” (southwest monsoon) is not done yet with Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon as it continues to bring rains, enhanced by Typhoon “Karen,” which has left the country’s area of responsibility and moved on to the southern part of Japan.

Forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides as a result of intermittent moderate-to-heavy rains expected over the Cordillera Administrative Region and the provinces of Quirino, Nueva Ecija and Aurora.

On Sunday night, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) warned residents in low-lying areas in Metro Manila of heavy flooding.

At 6:10 p.m., the weather bureau raised the orange rainfall warning after heavy-to-intense rainfall (45 mm to 65 mm per hour, or up to 65 liters collected in one square meter of container in an hour) was observed over the cities of Manila, Pasay, Taguig, Pasig and Marikina for the past two hours.

The rainfall warning also covered the cities of San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Taguig, Pateros and the southern portion of Quezon City.

As of Sunday afternoon, at least three major roads in the metropolis were flooded, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

Not passable

[PHOTO -Residents paddle their wooden boats next flooded homes in Manila on Sept 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP]

The southbound lane of Chino Roces Avenue under Magallanes Interchange in Makati City was not passable to light vehicles as of 5:05 p.m. due to tire-deep flooding, reports from the MMDA Metrobase showed.

Both lanes of Edsa-P. Tuazon tunnel in Quezon City were under gutter-deep water since

3 p.m. but remained passable to vehicles as of press time.

The MMDA said vehicles on the southbound lane of Edsa-Taft Avenue were moving slowly because of the gutter-deep flooding.

Parts of the metropolis were also flooded on Saturday due to heavy rains, forcing more than 200 people to leave their homes.

Weather forecaster Samuel Duran told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the rains pounding Metro Manila was spawned by the enhanced southwest monsoon, which continued to affect Luzon and portions of the Visayas.

Based on surface and satellite data analyses, the bad weather in the metropolis is expected to persist until Tuesday, Duran said.

Communities near Metro Manila also saw floods over the weekend.

[Flood victims rest in an evacuation centre after their houses were flooded with water from overnight rain brought by Typhoon Sanba, in San Juan, Metro Manila on Sept 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS]


The body of a man believed to have drowned amid the heavy downpour was fished out of San Mateo River in Rizal province before noon on Sunday.

Residents of Barangay (village) Dulong Bayan 1 in San Mateo town found the body at around 11 a.m., said Vicente Tomazar, director of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon).

“He could have been in the water for two days already. The body was already bloated,” Tomazar said.

Police Officer 2 Jun Angeles of the San Mateo police said the man could have drowned in Rodriguez town and was swept toward San Mateo.

The weekend downpour caused the water in San Mateo River to rise to 18.20 meters on Saturday morning, Tomazar said. The critical water level is 19 m.

Laguna lake

In Laguna, Jen Sorel Jasareno, head of the DRRMC, said the water level in still-flooded towns of the province had risen “by a few millimeters” during the past two days.

“We noticed the flood rose again reaching our garage. Here in Sta. Cruz (Laguna), most parts are still under knee-deep flood,” Jasareno said.

Emil Hernandez, a hydrologist of the Laguna Lake Development Authority, said water from upland areas and river tributaries caused the flood to rise.

He said the water level stayed at 13.35 m despite the downpour, or half a meter down from its reading following the monsoon rains in early August.

Tomazar, however, said the downpour would slow down the drop in the lake’s water level.

Lakeshore towns

Last month, the monsoon flooded several lakeshore towns in Laguna and Rizal provinces and kept some 62,000 people in more than 200 evacuation centers, according to a report from the DRRMC in the region.

Sixty public elementary and high schools, half of which are also flooded, are still being used as evacuation centers in Laguna as of September 12, according to the Department of Education.

Electricity has not yet been restored in the flood-hit areas.

Duran said a low-pressure area had been developing east of Mindanao, but he assured the public that it was still too far away to have any effect on the country.

In its 5 p.m. forecast, Pagasa said other parts of the country would have partly cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, mostly in the evening.

Pagasa warned of strong to gale-force winds, brought on by Karen, on the northern seaboard of Luzon, particularly in Ilocos Norte and Cagayan, where the sea is expected to be rough to very rough.

The weather agency advised fishing boats and other small seacraft not to venture out into the sea, and alerted larger vessels about big waves. With a report from Niña Calleja

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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