Floods Ravage Manila

    Rescuers help a woman cross a flooded street as residents are evacuated from their homes in the village of Tumana, Marikina town, in suburban Manila on August 7, 2012, after torrential rains inundated most of the capital.  Torrential rains brought the Philippines capital to a standstill on August 7 forcing at least 20,000 people to flee their homes as floodwaters covered half the sprawling city, authorities said.     AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE        (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A third of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is under water. The head of the government disaster relief agency referred to the crisis as “Waterworld,” as thousands remain trapped on roofs. Last week's storms and subsequent flooding have left 50 dead and forced 250,000 to evacuate. Manila streets were completely submerged, closing schools and offices. Rescue workers used rafts to access slum areas. Tuesday, nine were killed in a Quezon City slum after a landslide. Manila, which has an overpopulated 10 million residents, is located in low-lying land between a lake and the ocean.

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