Forced evacuation enforced along swollen Marikina River

1:53 am | Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

A Filipino baby sleeps at an evacuation center at Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines, on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. Heavy rains forced some classes to be suspended as hundreds of residents living in low-lying areas evacuated their homes due to high floods and rising of dam levels. AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA

MANILA, Philippines—Forced evacuation of residents along the swollen Marikina River has been enforced, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Tuesday.

The MMDA in a tweet said that the river rose to 17 meters as of 1 a.m., prompting authorities to raise the alert level to third.

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