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Flood starts to subside along Taft Avenue

Flood starts to subside along Taft Avenue

Floodwater has started to subside along Taft Avenue in Manila on Friday morning following a slight improvement in the weather, according to Jonathan Andal’s report on Unang Balita.

Many sections of the road experienced gutter- to knee-deep flood on Thursday night, making life difficult for motorists and commuters. Many had to wade through the flood on their way home from work.

Some delivery riders had to cancel transactions, fearing the flood would damage their motorcycles.

Even some of the inner roads were flooded, the report said.

Authorities blamed the heavy amount of rainfall on Thursday for the flood, as well as the ongoing road constructions on Taft Avenue.

According to Christian John Evangelista of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the city experienced 38.6 mm amount of rainfall on Thursday.

Compared with the 163-mm average July rainfall, Evangelista said Thursday’s heavy downpour was equivalent to five days amount of rainfall.

“Kung idi-divide natin, ito ay katumbas itong 38.6mm na ito ng limang araw na ulan sa buwan ng July [If we’ll divide it from 163 mm, this 38.6 mm is equivalent to five days amount of rainfall in July],” he said. 

As of Friday morning, only the area in front of the Philippine General Hospital and the General Malvar corner were flooded although both are passable to vehicles. 

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