Marikina River water level down as Ulysses weakens

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Photo: Jolly Gozon/CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 12) — The water level in Marikina River has gone down as Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) slightly weakened.

The Marikina City Public Information Office said the water level is at 18.4 meters as of 7:10 p.m., Thursday.

At the height of Ulysses, hundreds of residents were forced to flee their homes as the river's water level steadily rose. At 10:33 a.m., the water level was at 22 meters - just one meter below the 23 meters reached when Ondoy battered the country 11 years ago and left Marikina City submerged in floodwaters for days.

Residents near the river were forced to evacuate at past 3 a.m. when the water rose to 18 meters due to nonstop rains brought by the typhoon starting Wednesday night.

The local government deployed boats to rescue stranded residents.

State weather bureau PAGASA earlier said rains in Western Visayas, Samar provinces, Metro Manila, and the rest of Luzon would range from light to heavy.