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Floods cause chaos in Manila

Floods cause chaos in Manila
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Monsoon rains combined with a tropical storm have caused floods and landslides in the Philippine capital, Manila. At least eight people have been reported killed.

Schools and government offices have shut for two consecutive days. Financial markets and most banks and private companies also closed as a month of rain fell in just 24 hours. Several flights have also been cancelled.

One Manila resident said that she’s “afraid that the floodwater will keep rising”. She told how her children were on the second floor of her house “waiting for the rescue boats to come and evacuate” them.

More than 120,000 people have sought shelter in government evacuation centres or the homes of relatives or friends on higher ground.

Monsoon rains in the Philippines have been heavier in recent years with a monsoon in August last year submerging the capital and leaving 50 people dead.