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MANILA, Philippines - Thousands of people left their homes in Metro Manila Sunday night as water channels swelled due incessant rains spawned by the southwest monsoon (or habagat).
According to the report of the Office of Civil Defense in Metro Manila, many residents were evacuated in Quezon City as rivers rose to alarming levels prompting fears of intense flooding. The local government has also suspended classes from pre-school to high school due to heavy rains.
As of 5 a.m., over 840 families were housed in several evacuation centers across the city. OCD-Metro Manila Director Susana Cruz said 424 families or 1,259 persons from Barangay Silangan were evacuated to the covered court and multi-purpose hall of the Brookside Elementary School.
Meanwhile, 200 families were also evacuated in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon and are currently housed at the St. James Covered Court. As of 3:30 a.m., the evacuees have returned to their homes.
Families were also evacuated in Barangays Masambong, Sta. Lucia, Payatas, Damayan, Fairview, Gulod, and Dona Imelda.
In Marikina City, over 870 families were also evacuated due to the continuous rise of the Marikina River. A total of 873 families or 4,098 persons were evacuated in H. Bautista, CIS, Malanday, and Bulelak Gym.
Meanwhile, alert "yellow" has been raised in Pasig City due to the sudden rise of the Marikina River. All village and local officials were advised to heighten their alert particularly those living near the river and the floodway.
In Valenzuela City, 75 families were evacuated in Marulas, Valenzuela National High School, and Constantino Elementary School.
Rains have also prompted several local officials to declare the suspension of classes in some cities.