Jun 132013
Heavy rain that fell over Metro Manila Thursday afternoon forced the cancellation of at least two flights and the diversion of five Manila-bound flights, including one from the United States.

The Department of Transportation and Communications said the affected flights belonged to flag carrier Philippine Airlines, PAL Express and Cebu Pacific.

One international flight from the US was diverted to Clark in Pampanga due to heavy rain, the DOTC said on its Twitter account.

It identified the affected international flight as PAL Flight PR-113 from Los Angeles to Manila.

The DOTC, in a separate Twitter post, said the canceled flights included:

– 5J-911: Manila to Caticlan
– 5J-912: Caticlan to Manila

Cebu Pacific flight 5J-995, from Manila to General Santos, was diverted to Davao due to bad weather, it added.

The DOTC also said three flights were diverted to Clark “due to weather condition.” These included:

– 2P-056: Caticlan to Manila (PAL Express)
– 2P-966: Cagayan de Oro to Manila (PAL Express)
– 5J-966: Davao to Manila (Cebu Pacific)

NAIA said Cebu Pacific 5J-906 (Caticlan to Manila) was also diverted to Clark.

Heavy rain from a thunderstorm had fallen over Metro Manila, rendering many roads impassable and forcing some schools to suspend classes for the afternoon and evening.

Many roads were flooded, stranding employees, students and commuters.

Traffic was also snarled in many parts of Metro Manila, radio dzBB reported.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Railways said its commuter services were not operational “due to floods in some areas.” — BM, GMA News

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