By Benjamin Cuaresma

MANILA — Heavy rains induced by a low pressure area flooded streets along Taft Avenue and many parts of Metro Manila, stranding thousands of commuters as public transport on Wednesday screeched to a halt amid knee-deep flood waters.

Motorists also found themselves caught in traffic jams as they waited for the water to subside until the wee hours of Thursday morning, 14 July 2023.

Roads along the United Nations, where the Manila Police District headquarters is located, were also submerged
because of the continuous downpour.

State weather bureau Pagasa said residents of Luzon, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the combined effects of the Low Pressure Area and Southwest Monsoon until Thursday afternoon..

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of Cebu Pacific Carmina Romero announced that the airline may cancel some scheduled flights Thursday, 14 July 2023, due to bad weather conditions. (ai/mnm)