Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Torrential rain kills 15 in Philippines

At least 15 people have been killed and 250,000 have fled their homes after more than 24 hours of torrential rain in the Philippines capital Manila.

Officials say the heavy rain triggered a landslide in a slum in northern Manila, which buried several houses.

The bodies of nine members of one family have been recovered and four people have been rescued alive.

The search is continuing, with rescuers unsure how many more people are missing.

"The rain softened the soil and four houses were buried," said Maribel Mendoza of the local public safety office.

In nearby provinces also hit by floods, four people drowned in Bulacan and two were killed in Batangas.

Officials say half of the capital is flooded, with water in some areas neck deep.

"If we put it in a percentage, at least 50 per cent of Metro Manila is flooded," Gine Nievarez from the state weather service said.

More than 250,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, but rescuers are struggling to get to others who have been stranded by the rising waters.

Schools, businesses and most government offices in the city are shut. Read More