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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Thousands Evacuated In Philippines Floods

Manila and much of the island of Luzon is flooded after an epic 3.24m of rain fell in less than 24 hours.

Initial reports say eight people were killed in a landslide in the Manila suburb of Quezon City.

The floods cover much of the Philippines' most populated island Luzon.

The government has suspended schools and sent orders for both private office workers and government offices not critical to disaster relief to stay home.

The Philippine stock exchange, which was South East Asia's best performing stock market last month, suspended trading as brokers shut down the exchange over flood fears.

The floods came two and a half days after a typhoon swept through the Philippines leaving 50 dead.

The government's weather bureau says two storms in the area pulled in the south west monsoon further into a already rain-soaked Philippines.

As if the rain was not enough of a problem, nature shook things up in the height of the afternoon downpours as a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit offshore of Lubang. The island sits just off of Luzon and roughly 100km (about 62 miles) from the capital.

Overworked disaster officials said no major reports of damage were recorded but aftershocks have been felt in the area.

At present most of the government relief efforts, at both national and local level, are focused on the unrelenting monsoon rains. Read More