Tropical storm flooding paralyses Philippine capital, 1 dead

Tens of thousands of people fled roof-high floods and one girl drowned in the Philippine capital on Friday as another vicious storm swept across the disaster-plagued country.

PTI| Updated: Sep 19, 2014, 14:24 PM IST

Manila: Tens of thousands of people fled roof-high floods and one girl drowned in the Philippine capital on Friday as another vicious storm swept across the disaster-plagued country.

Rescue workers in trucks and rubber dinghies plucked residents from the tops of flooded homes, after one of Manila's major rivers burst its banks, swamping heavily populated eastern districts.

"We're dealing with floods over a large area. Our local as well as national responders are out there leading the rescue operations," Mina Marasigan, a spokeswoman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, told a news agency.

She said the first known fatality was a girl who drowned at a flooded slum in northern Manila.

Fung-Wong's winds were relatively light, with recorded maximum speeds of 85 kilometres an hour as it brushed past the northeast tip of the main island of Luzon around noon .

However, it brought heavy downpours of more than three weeks' worth overnight Thursday across Manila, more than 400 kilometres to the south, state weather forecaster Gener Quitlong told a news agency.

The hardest-hit area appeared to be the Marikina river valley in eastern Manila, where brown, swiftly flowing water rose at least a storey high on heavily populated communities near its banks.

Rescuers aboard rubber dinghies, some motorised and some powered by paddles, plucked people from flooded homes, a news agency's reporting team saw.

People held on to lengths of rope to get to high ground safely and avoid being pulled by the strong currents.

Two soldiers involved in the rescue sat on the bonnet of a stranded military truck that appeared to have been disabled, while the roofs of cars and other smaller vehicles bobbed above the floodwaters.