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Philippine capital submerged by heavy flooding, at least 14 killed

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

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The Philippine capital Manila has been paralysed by continuous heavy downpours resulting in extensive flooding and landslides killing at least 14

MANILA, Philippines -- At least 14 people have been killed and 130,000 forced to flee their homes as torrential rain caused flooding that submerged and paralysed more than half of the capital city of Manila on Tuesday.

The capital and other parts of the country had already been saturated by last week's Typhoon Saola, which battered Manila and the north for several days, killing 53.

Benito Ramos, head of the Philippine government's disaster response agency, said that half of metropolitan Manila was flooded up to neck-deep. "It's like a water world," he said.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino met civil defence officials to discuss the situation. "Everybody who is supposed to do something is doing what he is supposed to do," he said.

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

Along the swollen Marikina River, nearly 20,000 residents have been moved away from the riverbanks but many others asked to be rescued.
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Source: Agence France-Presse - on August 1, 2012

News video: Philippine floods worsen as death toll hits 14

Philippine floods worsen as death toll hits 14

Waves sweep over seawalls and flooded shanty towns in the Philippine capital, as the death toll from four days of heavy rains brought on by Typhoon Saolo that have battered large swathes of the country rose to 14. Duration:00:57

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