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Philippine capital paralysed by floods

Cebu : Philippines | Aug 06, 2012 at 11:26 PM PDT
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Skooter reporting 08/07/12

Parts of Manila has been paralyzed due to flooding waters brought about by torrential rain, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate their homes, closing schools, offices and the stock exchange.

Some areas of Manila, authorities said had been hit by floods, with water up to waist and neck levels. There were no fresh reports of casualties from these floods. But at least 50 people have been killed from what appears to be an endless heavy downpour, mostly in the north of Luzon where the Philippine capital is a part.

According to BBC’s Kate McGeown in Manila, it has now been raining in Manila continuously for the past 24 hours, and there is no end in sight. McGeown added that the seriousness of the rain since Monday afternoon has prompted officials to issue the highest level of alert.

The floods could get worse, warned weather officials, as the overflowing La Mesa dam, which holds back Manila's main reservoir, spills more water.

It was reported that people living in slums and shanty-towns on low ground have taken shelter in community buildings. Roads were impassable and in some areas power had been cut for precaution, officials said. On the higher floors of apartments, some residents remain trapped and rescue workers were unable to reach them.

Cora Agulan of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said, the current is too strong so they have to tie their rubber boats with ropes to keep them from being swept away.

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