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Latest News Philippines: RED ALERT –

WITH La Mesa Dam’s water reaching critical level, authorities raised a red alert anew and warned residents near the dam to leave and escape a possible deluge.

The dam was swollen from incessant rains brought about by tropical storm Gener and as of 3 p.m., the water was, at 79.59 meters, just a few centimeters from the spilling level of 80.15 meters.

Residents in the danger zone were told to temporarily evacuate

because of possible flashfloods.

Other dams in Luzon including the Angat Dam, Ipo Dam, Ambuklao Dam, San Roque Dam, Pantabangan Dam and Magat Dam were also under tight watch.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said people living along the Tullahan River were at risk.

If the Tullahan River swells, flashflood will possibly reach Quezon City, Valenzuela, Malabon and Navotas Cities.

The red alert was  raised by PAGASA over the La Mesa Dam as the water level neared the spilling level at 79.52 meters.

Navotas City Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office officer Paul Felix told GMA News Online they were closely watching developments after they were told the residents may have to evacuate.

However he said it was not Navotas that was actually at risk but its neighbor Malabon. He said their 26 pumping stations and flood gates would limit flooding in the coastal city.

“As of now [3:00 p.m.], normal pa ang situation pero naka-standby pa rin kami, hindi pa nga nakapag-release ng tubig [from the dam]” he said.


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