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Heavy rains, flood sweep Philippine capital Tuesday

3rd July 2012 | 1.087 Views
Manila (ANTARA News/Xinhua-OANA) - Heavy rains swept the Philippine capital Tuesday morning inundating roads that caused traffic jams and spurred schools to suspend classes.

The Supreme Court, the Senate and local courts in the national capital region also suspended work due to bad weather.

Several flights from Manila were also cancelled. The Manila International Airport Authority said Cebu Pacific canceled flights to and from Naga in Camarines Sur and Busuanga in Palawan, while Air Philippines cancelled flights to and from Naga.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Low Pressure Area will continue to bring widespread rains in the capital region and most of northern Philippines.

PAGASA said flooding may occur in low-lying areas and areas located near the river channels.

Meanwhile, PAGASA hydrologist Sonia Serrano has advised resudent living around La Mesa Dam to evacuate as heavy rains is increasing the dam`s water level.

The La Mesa Dam is now on red alert due to continuous rains, although it has not released water yet, according to a report filed by local news site -- (*)