Floods hit Philippines, landslide kills 9

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 00:58

Zeenews Bureau

Manila: Half of Manila was submerged on Tuesday as ruthless rains struck Philippines, triggering a landslide that killed nine and leaving tens of thousands trapped.

Emergency crews rushed to rescue the trapped residents pleading for help.

The flood was triggered by the seasonal monsoon that overflowed major dams and rivers in Manila and surrounding provinces.

It is the worst deluge faced by Philippines since 2009 when hundreds had lost their lives.

Benito Ramos, head of the government`s disaster response agency, described the situation by saying, “It`s like a water world”.

He urged residents in areas prone to landslides and floods to stay in evacuation centers. Because the soil is saturated, even a little rain could be dangerous, he added.

"Now that it`s getting dark, I would like to repeat, if the rains are heavy you should be at the evacuation centers," he said, warning that rescue operations are more difficult at night and could put responders at risk.

Manila`s weather bureau said a tropical storm off eastern China had intensified monsoon rains in the Philippines, which were forecast to last until Thursday.

In Manila`s suburban Quezon City, a landslide hit a row of shanties perched below a hill, burying nine people, according to Ramos.

Army troops and police dug frantically to save those buried, including four children, as surviving relatives and neighbors wept. All the victims were recovered, some whose bodies were found near an entombed shanty`s door as they apparently tried to flee.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 00:38
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