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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Thousands Flee Manila Flooding; Desperate Residents Trapped on Roofs

MANILA — At least a third of this overpopulated capital and its suburbs were submerged on Tuesday as torrential rains battered the city and floodwaters poured in from almost all sides. An overflowing lake in the south sent water coursing into a river that slices through Manila; water poured from the open floodgates of a dam to the north, and high tide brought flooding from the bay to the west.

“It’s like Waterworld,” said Benito Ramos, who heads the government’s disaster relief agency, referring to the movie with Kevin Costner depicting a submerged earth.

More than 50 people have been killed in more than a week of intense storms, monsoon rains and flooding, and at least 250,000 have been evacuated in just the past several days, officials said.

On Tuesday, rescue workers raced to pluck people from their roofs and out of fast-flowing water from the worst flooding here since two storms in 2009 killed more than 900 people. Photographs of some of the hardest-hit areas showed people clutching belongings as they struggled to keep their heads above water in strong currents and others clinging to metal poles and buildings. Read More