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Dams reach critical point as rains soak Philippines.

Manila Several dams reached dangerous water levels as tropical depression Egay drenched and flooded almost 70 per cent of the Philippines, leaving commuters stranded and displacing residents, before it left for Taiwan yesterday afternoon, disaster officials and a weather man said.

Four of the country's nine dams reached their critical levels, while the rest were near critical levels in six days since Egay began as a low pressure area in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, said Undersecretary Benito Ramos of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

When Egay turned into a tropical depression, it moved northward, to central Philippines' Samar, southern Luzon's Bicol area, northeast Luzon's Aurora, and upper northeastern Luzon in six days, until yesterday.

No landslides

By then, all the dams reached dangerous levels even though Egay just moved out of the country's eastern seaboard and did not make landfall in Cagayan in the north. Rains and floods affected many areas though there were no fatal landslides, Ramos said.

The Ipo dam in northern suburban Bulacan reached the spill level of 100.86 metres (critical level at 100.8 metre). The dam's gate has started releasing .30 cubic metres per second of water, said Ramos, adding this has elevated the Angat spillway and the La Mesa Dam in Quezon City.

Both Angat and La Mesa dams have not reached their critical levels, but they could have reached spill levels had Egay not left the Philippines, Ramos said.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jun 21, 2011
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