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August 17, 2012

Cleanup begins after massive flooding in Manila

Relentless rains submerged at least a third to one half of the sprawling Philippine capital of Manila, triggering a landslide that killed nine people and sent emergency crews scrambling to rescue tens of thousands of residents. The deluge, the worst to hit Manila since 2009 (when hundreds died in rampaging flash floods), was set off by the seasonal monsoon that overflowed major dams and rivers in the city and surrounding provinces. Residents were under waist- or neck-deep waters at one point. Clean up has begun, but remains a huge task for the area. At least 60 have died, most from drowning. -- Paula Nelson (23 photos total)

Regie Pacheco shovels mud outside his home that was partially swept away in flash flooding in a low lying community hard hit by the flooding Aug. 12, 2012, Manila, Philippines. According to the Office of Civil Defense the floods left at least 66 people dead and affected up to 2.68 million people in Manila and surrounding provinces, with more than 440,000 fleeing to evacuation centers. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

A city worker helps clear debris in the ongoing flood clean up effort Aug. 13, 2012. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A man carries scrap metal to his house that was partially destroyed by the flooding Aug. 13, 2012, Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Filipino women walk through muddy flood water to reach their home as the mud and debris continue to cause massive problems in the flood effected areas Aug. 13, 2012. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A woman stands outside her home in a flooded boat filled with dirty clothes in a low lying community, Aug. 12, 2012. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A woman tries to save some clothes found in a flooded boat outside her home, Aug. 12, 2012, Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Dirty clothes submerged in muddy flood waters, Aug. 12, 2012, Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A boy looks out of his home in a low lying community, Aug. 12, 2012, Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A woman shovels mud outside her home Aug. 12, 2012, Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A man balances on a bucket in high water in a low lying community that was hard hit by the flooding, Aug. 12, 2012, Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

City workers help clear debris in the ongoing flood clean up effort, Aug.13, 2012, Manila, Philippines. According to the Office of Civil Defense, the floods left at least 96 people dead and affected up to 2.68 million people in Manila and surrounding provinces, with more than 440,000 fleeing to evacuation centers. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A family looks out from their balcony, seeing everything covered in mud in their low lying community, after recent flood waters receded, Aug. 12, 2012, Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Flood victims rest inside their flooded home along the river Aug. 11, 2012, Manila, Philippines. The death toll has climbed to more than 100 people as metro Manila dealt with nearly 2 weeks of monsoon rains effecting more than 2 million people, the worst flooding in 3 years. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Displaced flood victims sit at a crowded evacuation shelter, Aug. 13, 2012. The weather was slated to deteriorate as another low pressure system made its way to the region. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Lornitas Calub hugs her grandson at a crowded evacuation shelter, Aug. 13, 2012, Manila, Philippines. More than 440,000 fled to evacuation centers. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

Flood victims use candles as their only light source as they cook dinner at a crowded evacuation center, Aug. 11, 2012, Manila, Philippines. The death toll has climbed to more than 100 people as metro Manila dealt with nearly 2 weeks of monsoon rains. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A baby sleeps in a sheet made into a hammock, Aug. 12, 2012 in Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A pig lays in the mud in a low lying community after recent flood waters receded, Aug.12, 2012 in Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A woman sweeps the dirt away from her home in a low lying community covered in mud, after recent flood waters receded, Aug. 12, 2012 in Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A man looks out from his makeshift home under a bridge in a low lying community covered in mud, after recent flood waters receded, Aug. 12, 2012 in Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A woman washes her hair after her home was swept away during the flash flooding in a low lying community, Aug.12, 2012 in Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A mother bathes her son in a low lying community covered in mud, after flood waters receded, Aug. 12, 2012, Manila, Philippines. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A volunteer firefighter uses a hose to wash down a neighborhood hit by the floods during a clean up organized by the Philippines Red Cross, Aug. 12, 2012. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #



 
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