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    Posted October 3, 2012 by
    San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines
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    Tropical Storm Marce Brought Heavy Rains and Flooding to Laguna Province, Philippines


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter Sergiom captured these images and video in the Philippine community of San Pedro in Laguna province, where heavy rain and winds have lashed the area, causing heavy flooding. Residents had still been recovering from previous flooding in the area in August which killed several people and caused severe property damage. "There are still some town folks in the area who have been in the evacuation areas for nearly two months now," he said. "I do hope that [this] flooding will dissipate faster. The flooding was sparked by Tropical Storm Marce, which hit the area.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Today, October 3, 2012, monsoon rains from typhoon Marce (international code name: Gaemi) hit several parts of Luzon. Many parts of Laguna, a province from the Philippines, have been heavily-flooded once again. The province of Laguna experienced heavy flooding last August 6 and 7 after strong monsoon rains battered it, though there was no typhoon signal during that time. But this time around, a typhoon is about to enter the Philippine area of responsibility and it has been raining since yesterday afternoon- October 2 in Metro Manila and Laguna. Though the rains did pause for several times, many parts of Laguna have been flooded since last night. Strong monsoon rains have been continuing since last night, and TV news reports also showed that many parts of Metro Manila are now heavily-flooded. Typhoon Marce (international code name: Gaemi) has intensified as it entered the Philippine area of responsibility, threatening to bring more rains over Luzon including Metro Manila, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. Monsoon rains from the said storm had been affecting Luzon and Metro Manila since yesterday afternoon. Today, October 3, the said typhoon is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility.

    The people living in low-lying and coastal areas all over Luzon and Metro Manila have been alerted last night by government agencies to evacuate to safer places due to the threats of flashfloods and strong winds. Today, October 3, 2012, classes were suspended in all levels by noon all over Cavite, Laguna and Metro Manila. Also, many office employees and workers in Metro Manila and Laguna went home by noon due to heavy flooding in their respective areas. Though typhoon Marce (international code name: Gaemi) is not expected to make a landfall in any part of the Philippines, its monsoon rains had already clobbered many parts of Luzon since yesterday afternoon.

    (NOTE: The pictures in this iReport were taken from San Pedro Town and Binan City—both located in the province of Laguna, Philippines. The first 6 pictures were taken from the town of San Pedro, while the last 2 pictures were taken from Binan City. The 2 videos in this iReport were recorded in San Pedro Town, Laguna. All the pictures were taken from around 10 a.m. to 12:53 p.m. (Manila Time) today- October 3. The videos were recorded today at around 12:53 p.m. (Manila Time). The town of San Pedro and Binan City are just neighboring municipalities in the province of Laguna.)

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