After 11 straight days of monsoon downpour, the worst floods since 2009 are leaving the streets of Manila and other cities and villages in the Philippines under water. Many have died, and hundreds of thousands have been pushed out of their homes: the death toll stands at 72, and at least 850,000 people are stranded or displaced.
There was another severe burst of rain earlier today in Manila. The one-hour early-evening downpour was 54.7 mm, just shy of a record one-hour shower in September 2009 that resulted in the deaths more than 700 people and caused $1 billion in property damage. The rain has stopped for now and flooding has eased slightly, allowing rescuers on rubber boats to reach some distressed residents.
"Floods are receding in many areas but people are still trapped on their roofs", according to Benito Ramos, the head of the government's main disaster-response agency. He said the massive floods have turned half of Manila into "a water world". Emergency workers are rushing food, water and clothes to almost one million people in the country, according to Reuters.
These photos give some idea of the extent of the flooding, and the conditions in which residents find themselves:
In Manila, the flooding has led to school cancellations and many businesses are closed. A young man studying in Manila made this video to show a Canadian friend the extent of the floods that have kept him home from school:
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