Fear of floods prompts officials to suspend classes in Metro


Fearing a repeat of the traffic mayhem that occurred after Monday’s downpour again led to floods, local officials yesterday suspended afternoon classes and sent employees home early.

The cities of Manila and San Juan were the first to suspend classes in all levels in public schools upon the advice of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

However, the feared downpour did not occur since only light rains fell in several areas on Tuesday.

The San Juan city government announced the suspension of classes it its social networking sites.

“Please be advised that Mayor Guia Gomez is suspending classes in all levels of San Juan City public and private schools effective immediately for the safety of all the students,” it said on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino earlier appealed to offices and schools to allow employees and students to go home early because the weather bureau’s warning of heavy rains.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) warned early Tuesday that tropical storm Emong will dump more rains on Metro Manila.

The University of Santo Tomas (UST), located along the flood-prone España Ave., also suspended classes in all levels as well as office work at 3 p.m.

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and San Sebastian College (SSC) also sus­pended classes in all levels.

Classes were also suspended at the Saint Jude Catholic School in Manila, Saint Scholastica’s Col­lege, City College of Manila, Pa­man­tasan ng Lungsod ng May­nila, Philippine College of Criminology, Far Eastern University, Philippine Women’s University, De La Salle University, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Adamson University, University of the East- Manila campus, Manila Central University, University of the Philippines–Manila campus and Greatways Technical Institute in Makati.

Thousands of commuters were stranded Monday because of the floods brought by mon­soon rains.

The weather bureau warned of more rainy days ahead since E­mong has intensified into a storm.

In its latest bulletin, Pagasa said Emong has accelerated and is moving in a northerly direction at 19 kilometers per hour with its center located at 460 km East of Isabela. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

This morning, Emong is expected to be 470 km east of Basco, Batanes and by Thursday morning, it will be 830 km northeast of Basco, Batanes.

The weather bureau cautioned fishermen with small boats not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and western seaboards of Southern Luzon.


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