Manila, Philippines—Metro Manila shut down for business on Tuesday as the southwest monsoon (habagat) intensified by Tropical Storm “Maring” dumped nearly a month’s worth of rain in one day according to Philippine Daily Inquirer report. The Government suspended all work for a second day except for rescues and disaster response.
Officials reported at least 8 people dead, 415 areas flooded due to Habagat. The dead included a 5-year-old boy whose house was hit by a concrete wall that collapsed. His two adult relatives were also injured.
Latest satellite and hydrological data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), a joint project between the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), shows the almost the entire central Luzon and an area in the Southern Tagalog Region covered in red, which means a high potential for floods.
Goverment officials enforce an evacuation following the swelling of Marikina River in Marikina city, east of Manila. The river continued to rise and has reached the 19-meter mark late Tuesday afternoon due to persistent monsoon rains worsened by Tropical Storm Trami.
According to the Marikina Public Information Office, the river’s level went further up to 19 meters at about 5:34 p.m.
The government weather agency PAGASA, advisory updates, said Maring will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon “that will bring moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms over Luzon particularly over the western section.”
As of 10 p.m., Tropical Storm Trami (Maring) was estimated to be 520 kms northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, with maximum winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of 135 kph.