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Flooding hits parts of Metro Manila amid continuous rain

Motorists and commuters in the National Capital Region were inconvenienced over the weekend as a number of streets flooded due to the continuous rains.

Several areas in Manila, including United Nations Avenue, were flooded and were impassable for vehicles, leaving passengers stranded.

Some residents living beside creeks such as Rona Doringo, who lives in Roxas District, also had to prepare for a possible evacuation.

“Parang hihinga ka lang ng konti, ayan na ‘yung tubig sa harap mo, ganon. Ganon siya kabilis,” she said in Dano Tingcungco's report on GMA’s “24 Oras Weekend” on Sunday.

“Hindi kagaya dati na kahit papano nakakapag-adjust ka pa ng oras na puwedeng [lumikas]. Ngayon ‘pagka bumuhos ‘yung ulan at ano, talagang ayan na ang tubig,” she added.

(It’s like you just take a short breath and the water is already on your doorstep. It’s that fast, unlike before that you could still adjust the time [of evacuation]. Now when the rain pours the water’s already there.)

Doringo also recounted that only three weeks ago she nearly drowned due to the high water level and the strong current in the area. Her husband also battled leptospirosis.

For its part, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said floods should subside faster given the installation of some 77 pumping stations. — Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/BM, GMA News