MANILA - The water level at Marikina River continued to subside on Monday morning, prompting officials to downgrade its alert level to the lowest in a 3-step system.
As monsoon rains lashed Metro Manila and nearby areas over the weekend, the Marikina River reached a peak of 20.4 meters on Saturday night, just 2.6 meters below its 23-meter level recorded during Tropical Storm Ondoy's onslaught in September 2009.
This prompted the local government to evacuate residents in riverside communities.
At 10:30 a.m. Monday, the river was down to the 15.8-meter level. It was under first alarm, which urges residents in low-lying areas like the villages of Malanday, Nangka and Tumana to monitor the situation, the Marikina Public Information said.
Some 4,736 families or 21,103 individuals from areas near Marikina River were still in evacuation centers around 8 a.m., Mayor Marcelino Teodoro told radio DZMM.
"Para kaming na-Ondoy dito e... Iyung mga lugar na dati nang hindi binabaha ay tumaas muli ang tubig," he said.
(It's like we experienced Ondoy again. Areas which have been spared from flooding were submerged in floodwaters again.)
Ondoy submerged vast swaths of Metro Manila, leaving 464 people killed. In 2012, monsoon rains brought flooding to 80 percent of the capital and killed at least 66 people.
The latest bout of rains will likely persist until Thursday, as 2 storms off Luzon, though outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, will enhance the southwest monsoon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
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