• Metro Manila remain crippled by flood

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    AS torrential rain brought by typhoon Maring continues to pound Metro Manila, several areas on Tuesday remained submerged into flood.

    According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), floods were reported in the following areas:

    In Quezon City: N. Domingo Gilmore, Quezon Avenue Biak na Bato, SM Centerpoint Westbound,  Araneta Maria Clara,  Araneta Calamba and Amoranto,  and E.Rodriguez/Araneta.

    In Manila: Rizal Avenue (Tomas to Mapua),  Osmeña Highway (Quirino to A. Linap), Quirino L. Guinto,  España Antipolo,  Dela Fuente to Maceda, RMB Pureza, Romualdez  to Taft Avenue,  Bonifacio Drive to Roxas Katigbak, around Manila City Hall, Quirino P. Dilao.

    As well as in F. Manalo Blumentritt, España Lacson, Roxas Aristocrat to Gutter Deep, Quirino Extension to United Nations and  España San Diego.

    In Southern Metro Manila: Villamor towards Magallanes,  SM Sucat, South Super Highway Magallanes, Baclaran  to Redemptorist,  Pascor Drive, Osmeña to Buendia, Roxas to Airport road, Pasong Tamo, MIA Domestic, Nichols Sales to Pasong Tamo and Andrews Domestic.

    Vincent Lizada of MMDA Metrobase said the EDSA Southbound from Zamora street to Taft Avenue and the northbound from Roxas Boulevard to F.B. Harrison remained not passable as the flood reached chest deep.

    Mayor Antonio Calixto of Pasay City said flood water coming from Magallanes continue to build up in Malibay area causing severe flooding.

    He likewise advised motorists not to pass through the said area and look for alternate routes.

    Mayor Edwin Olivarez of Parañaque said high tide exacerbated severe flooding in Sucat Road in the city which was impassable due to the flood.

    “The Parañaque River spilled over because of the high tide and we are all affected,” he said.

    He said at least 16 barangays in Parañaque were affected by the floods.

    In Las Piñas, meanwhile, Mayor Vergel Aguilar said the Alabang to Zapote Road from Coastal Road is already passable for all types of vehicle as flood water subsided.

    Number coding lifted

    The MMDA on Tuesday lifted the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number-coding scheme due to the continuous rains that cause flooding in several parts of the metropolis.

    “Number coding is lifted today August 20, 2013,” the MMDA said in its advisory.

    If coding scheme was in effect, vehicles with license plate numbers ending in 3 and 4 are not allowed to travel on major thoroughfares in the metropolis from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    To guide motorists, the agency also released standard flood measurements for those who check updates over its Twitter account.

    The MMDA also dispatched its amphibious trucks in flooded areas to give free rides to stranded passengers.

    MRT, LRT remain operational

    Meanwhile, the Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2 and Metro Rail Transit Line 3 remained in normal operation despite heavy rain.

    Light Rail Transit Administration (LRTA) spokesman Hernando Cabrera said they will be operational for the day.

    The LRTto1 links Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Baclaran while the LRTto2 links C.M. Recto in Manila to Santolan.

    MRTto3 links North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City via Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA). RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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