Flooding brings chaos to Philippine capital Manila

7th Aug 2012
Flooding brings chaos to Philippine capital Manila

Flooding caused by torrential rain has brought chaos to the Philippine capital of Manila as thousands of people flee their homes, offices and schools.

It is feared that the floods, which have killed more than 50 people in recent weeks, could get worse as the Le Mesa damn overflows.

Main roads are closed and power has been cut in some areas.

Eight members of one family died after a landslide hit shanty houses in Quezon City, according to reports.

Meanwhile more than 50 people died when Typhoon Saola struck more than a week ago.


The Philippines, which is a popular tourism destination, is frequently the victim of flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain.

In December, over 1,200 people lost their lives when Tropical Storm Washi caused flooding in southern Philippines.


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