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Massive flooding hits Philippines

Rescue workers in Manila are working round-the-clock to save thousands stranded in their homes by massive flooding. Torrential rains in the Philippines have left the capital and northern provinces underwater and killed more than 50 people so far. The influx of water has also forced hundreds of thousands to flee to higher ground and evacuation centers. But there are still many who did not make it out on time, leaving them clinging to rooftops and second levels. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE RESCUER ERIC BARAN SAYING: "As of now, it's difficult to rescue the trapped residents, as we are battling strong currents with our life crafts." Flooding has brought these communities to a standstill as the stock market, government offices and schools closed up shop and basic services remained intermittent. With more wet weather in the forecast, some fear the flooding could rival typhoon rains in 2009 that killed hundreds and cost the country millions in damages.Auteur: reutersTags: and Gray hits over force Jessica rains thousands Philippines reports Gepost: 07 augustus 2012Beoordeling: 0.0Stemmen: 0]]>

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