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Manila : Philippines | Sep 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM PDT
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People in some parts of Manila forced to leave their homes after a six feet (1.8 metres) of floodwater lashed the capital overnight. Many were stranded from heavy traffic yesterday morning.

A strong typhoon threatened the region, while it was moving way out of the country going to Japan.

"Typhoon (Sanba) has no direct effect but the storm enhanced the southwestern monsoon so we will continue to experience rains," said government meteorologist Gary de la Cruz.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said typhoon “Karen” (international name: Sanba) enhanced the southwest monsoon, which triggered rains over parts of Luzon and the Visayas yesterday.

Low-lying coastal areas of the capital were hardest hit, forcing people to leave their homes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. Rescue teams were deployed in preparation for possible damage of flood may cause to the people.

“Karen” is at 680 kilometers (km) east of Itbayat, Batanes, as of 5 p.m. yesterday. It has maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 220 kph.

“Karen” is forecast to move towards Okinawa, Japan at a speed of 19 kph and a north-northwest direction, and is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Saturday.

Small sea crafts and fishing boats has been warned to prevent accident from sailing into the eastern coastline of the country.

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