MANILA, Philippines— More than 2,000 residents have evacuated from their homes in Metro Manila Tuesday afternoon due to the rising water of San Mateo River in Rizal.

From Alert Level 1 in the morning, the alert level was immediately raised to 2 after the water level rose significantly before noon.

According to San Mateo Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Officer Stephen Flores, the river swelled to as deep as 15 to 18 feet at around 12:15 p.m., spilling five feet of water to barangays near the river.

Rizal have evacuated for fear of river overflow as the water level in the San Mateo River continued to rise due to heavy rains.

The evacuees were mostly residents of from Barangay Doña Pepeng Banaba, Santa Ana, Mali, and Guitnang Bayan. They were moved to higher ground.

Rescue operations were also ongoing for residents trapped in floods.

Families in some areas near the San Mateo River were evacuated before dawn Tuesday as the water level rose amid heavy rain.

The evacuation centers are at Doña Pepeng Elementary School, Santa Ana Elementary School and cover court, and Guitnang Bayan National Highschool.

On the other hand, the officials are constantly monitoring the movement of the water level in San Mateo River.

Meanwhile, Alert Level 3 declares that all residents along the river should already evacuate.

Janine Faith A. Tiempo
ABCom Intern
Leyte Normal University