A deadly typhoon has been lashing the Philippines, causing flash floods and landslides. Typhoon Fengshen has already claimed at least 21 lives in the Southeast Asian country, where stranded residents struggled to reach safety. Reports spoke of 30,000 people forced to take refuge on roofs.
Southern and central areas have been battered by the typhoon. Mindanao in the south was one of the worst-hit regions
President Gloria Arroyo ordered clean-up and rescue operations before leaving for a state visit to the US.
“We are still looking for food because we can’t cook anything with our wet utensils,” said one woman, standing knee-deep in water.
As people fled their homes, it emerged that a ferry was adrift near an island in the central Philippines, with more than 700 passengers and crew on board.
Coastguards said they could not reach the vessel because of the rough seas.