Non-stop torrential rains cripple Manila, causing thousands to flee their homes

A boy carries his dog while wading in flood waters brought by the monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Paranaque city, metro Manila on Aug. 20. Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

By Helen Flores, The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Nonstop torrential rains spawned by the storm-enhanced southwest monsoon yesterday submerged several areas in Luzon, including Metro Manila, forcing authorities to suspend classes and work in government and many private offices.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported three fatalities in Apayao, Cavite and Rizal while 11 others were hurt at the height of the storm.

Residents carry their belongings as they wade through flood waters. Heavy rains continue to batter the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, causing government offices, schools and some businesses to suspend work, and sending residents to flee their homes. Romeo Ranoco / Reuters
Residents wade through flood waters in the farming town of Novaleta, some 26 kilometres outside Manila. Torrential rain paralysed large parts of the Philippine capital as neck-deep water swept through homes, while floods in northern farming areas claimed at least one life. Jay Directo / AFP - Getty Images

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather division chief Robert Sawi said Tropical Storm Maring will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms over Luzon, particularly over the western section until tomorrow. Continue reading...

Filipinos transport hog meat in a flooded street in Las Pinas city, south of Manila. Heavy monsoon rain shut down the Philippine capital and killed three people amid severe flooding and landslides, the disaster risk management office said. Four people were missing, including three who were feared to have drowned in floods or swollen rivers, the office said. Francis R. Malasig / EPA
A man pulls his wife in an inflatable boat as they buy food at a submerged market in Cavite, southwest of Manila. Ted Aljibe / AFP - Getty Images
Bystanders push a car in floodwaters brought by the monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Pasay city, metro Manila. More than 94,000 people were affected by the floods and heavy rain in Manila and northern provinces, including some 12,000 residents forced to flee their homes. Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

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