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Floodwaters continue to rise in Metro Manila, Calabarzon areas

October 3, 2009 6:24pm
Floodwaters continue to rise in some areas in Metro Manila and Calabarzon as typhoon "Pepeng" pummeled northeastern Luzon Saturday afternoon, radio dzBB reported.

It said floods have not subsided in the cities of Pateros, Muntinlupa, and Taguig, in Taytay town in Rizal province, and in the towns of Biñan and San Pedro in Laguna province.

People claim these areas continue to be submerged in water because of the rise in the water level in Laguna de Bay, dzBB said.The lake reached its critical level after tropical storm "Ondoy" brought record-breaking rainfall in the mega Manila area last week.

Edgar Manda, head of the Laguna Lake Development Authority, earlier said that the lake was set to break its 90-year record, threatening to submerge more areas in Metro Manila and several nearby provinces in flooding.

The lake is now almost 14 meters deep or just half a meter away from the bay’s highest recorded level of 14.5 meters in 1919, according to Manda. He said the water level in the bay could further rise with Pepeng's onslaught. - GMANews.TV
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