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MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE, 8 a.m.) Intermittent rains greeted residents of Metro Manila and nearby areas early Monday, as Typhoon "Butchoy" continued its exit out of the country, pulling more monsoon rains that flooded roads and forced the cancellation of of classes in the nation's capital.
In Marikina, all classes from pre-school to high school were suspended due to the heavy rains and the continue rise in the water level of the Marikina river. As of 7 a.m., the river's water level is already at 14.5 meters high, which is just a meter short before the first warning could be hoisted over the city.
Pasay City, Navotas, and Obando in Bulacan also cancelled classes from pre-school to high school in both private and public schools.
Malabon cancelled classes from pre-school to elementary, while San Mateo, Rizal suspended classes in all public elementary and high schools.
In Manila and Paranaque, not all classes have been cancelled.
Schools that cancelled classes
Pre-school/elementary to high school
At least two dams in Luzon are also being closely monitored due to the incessant rains. Ipo dam opened one of its gates as the reservoir water level rose to 100.83 meters from a normal high of 100.20 meters. The La Mesa dam is also being monitored as it continues receive more rains from the intermittent downpour.
The Metro Manila Development Authority also began reporting flooding in several roads particularly in Malabon and Valenzuela, where some are not even passable to any type of vehicles. As of 6 a.m., C4 Lascao road was not passable to all vehicles, while McArthur Highway Fatima was also flooded.
Between 4 and 5 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) recorded 15 milimeters of rains, which is considered very heavy. This was enough to flood major thoroughfares in the country and prompted local city officials to suspend classes in their areas.
Pagasa said Metro Manila should expect rains to persist throughout the day. Based on their latest model, Butchoy may leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Monday evening.