A sudden afternoon downpour on Thursday gave Metro Manilans a preview of what’s in store for them in the coming days – quick-rising floods, unpassable roads, massive traffic tie-ups and stranded commuters.
A number of schools suspended classes as torrential rains brought by the southwest monsoon (habagat) drenched the metropolis.
According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the floods in many streets in the cities of Makati, Quezon and Manila were too deep for light vehicles. Major roads such as Espana Blvd., Taft Ave and Rizal Ave. in Sta. Cruz, Manila were not passable to light vehicles because floodwaters were almost knee-deep.
Floodwaters reached the gutters in both lanes of the South Luzon Expressway in Magallanes.
The Department of Education (DepEd) suspended classes in public elementary and high schools.
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim suspended classes in all elementary and high schools in the city.
Several universities and colleges in Manila called off afternoon classes. Among them are the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Universidad de Manila (UDM), San Beda College (SBC), Adamson University (AdU), and the University of the Philippines-Manila, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, De La Salle University – Manila, Far Eastern University (FEU)– Manila, Philippine Women’s University, San Sebastian College, University of the East (UE)- Manila, St. Scholastica’s College and St. Paul University – Quezon City.
The weather bureau warned residents in low areas in Luzon and Visayas to be ready for flashfloods and landslides triggered by a strong southwest monsoon.
FRANCIS EARL A. CUETO and RITCHIE A. HORARIO