The first alarm was raised Thursday morning, July 27, after the water level of the Marikina River reached 15 meters due to heavy rains from Typhoon Egay. ![Screenshot_20230727_065249.jpg](
The Marikina City Rescue 161, the city's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) Command Center, raised the alarm around 5:30 to 6 a. m. As of 6:30 a.m., the water level was at 15.2 meters and is expected to rise gradually. With the raising of the first alarm, residents in areas near the river are asked to prepare for possible evacuation, according to the city's early warning system. As of this writing, no major flooding has been reported in the city. All gates at the Manggahan Floodway are open, said the Marikina Public Information Office (PIO) on its social media post. In a radio interview, Marikina Mayor Marcelino "Marcy" Teodoro said the city government continues to monitor the river, and has prepared alternative evacuation centers in barangays. He said the Palarong Pambansa, which will officially begin on Saturday, July 29 with the opening ceremony to be conducted on the 31st, will still push through. Contingency plans have been prepared in case some games are rescheduled due to the storm or other disasters, he added. The second alarm will be raised when the water level reaches 16 meters. This will also prompt residents in low-lying areas to voluntarily evacuate. If the water level rises further to 18 meters, forced evacuation will be imposed by the city government. As per the 5 a.m. Tropical Cyclone Bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Super Typhoon Egay is tracking northwestward over the Luzon Strait, with the typhoon likely to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) within the day. Metro Manila is no longer under the Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 according to the early Thursday advisory. However, light to moderate rains are expected to persist.

Source: Manila Bulletin (