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Heavy flooding swamps Manila, government suspends work

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 12:05 p.m. HST, Aug 02, 2011


MANILA >> At least one person has drowned in waist-deep floods that swamped the streets of the Philippine capital after a night of monsoon rains closed down schools and government offices.

Nearly 800 evacuated their homes Tuesday along one of Manila's rivers as waters rose to dangerous levels. The Marikina River is notorious for flooding and residents voluntarily took shelter in schools.

Massive traffic jams slowed down movement in many sections of the capital.

The northern Philippines has been battered by back-to-back storms that killed more than 60 people in the last two weeks, and forecasters are warning of two more days of rain.

Nearly 1,000 people died in and around Manila in 2009 during the heaviest rainfall in decades following several powerful typhoons.






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