Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:42
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday said Laguna Lake is just 2-3 feet below the water level reached during tropical storm "Ondoy" in 2009.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the lake's water level rose by 10.4 feet during the heavy downpour brought by Ondoy three years ago.
This morning, he said, the water level has risen by 7-8 feet or just 2-3 feet below Ondoy level.
"Talagang mataas na ang tubig and the only outlet is Pasig. We need to monitor Laguna," Singson said during the briefing at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in Camp Aguinaldo with President Benigno Aquino III presiding.
The DPWH official also warned that flood-prone areas near the lake could be affected such as Taguig, Angono, Baras and Morong in Rizal; and Mabitac, Lumban, Santa Cruz, Victoria and some portions of Cabuyao and San Pedro in Laguna.
He said flooding in Laguna could last as long as two months.
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