Many Killed in Philippines Flood

Flood in Manila

Flood in Manila

After raining for 24 hours straight this Sunday the Philippines began to flood in massive amounts with death tolls now around 140. Manila was hit with its heaviest rainfall in more than 40 years. 80 percent of the capital was under water at one point. The flooding was caused by tropical storm Ketsana, which has ruined houses, building and cars.

Manila seemed to get the brunt of the storm, where natives were left stranded on rooftops while waiting on army helicopters to fly by and save them.  Some tried to brave the storm and went out into the waters with rope holding them to other people. Rescue missions were challenged with the loss of power and the destruction of roads. Richard Gordon, the chairman of the Philippines National Red Cross said, “Right now the challenge is to find out how many people have actually died and how many people we have to take care of in terms of people who’ve been displaced. We’re really talking about maybe hundreds of thousands of people, with about 280,000 to 300,000 displaced.”

 Even though the Philippines are used to getting rain Saturday’s downpour broke a record, with a month’s worth of rain falling within only six hours. The people of Manila will be recovering from this terrible storm for a long time. Many are still missing or looking for their family members.


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