World Bulletin / News Desk
Monsoon rains reinforced by a tropical storm flooded half the Philippine capital in just 24 hours, triggering landslides and killing at least seven people, officials said on Tuesday.
At least 40,000 people sought shelter in government evacuation centres across the main island of Luzon and more than double that number moved to relatives' or friends' homes for safety as schools and government offices shut for a second day.
Financial markets suspended trading and most banks and private firms were closed as a month's normal rainfall fell in one day. Several flights were cancelled.
The weather bureau kept a "red" rainfall warning over Manila, its highest alert, for most of Tuesday morning, adding severe floods and more heavy-to-torrential rain was expected over the city and surrounding provinces.
The southwest monsoon, which lasts from June to September, was intensified by an almost stationary tropical storm and a low-pressure area northeast of the northern Philippine province of Batanes.
Tropical storm Trami, with maximum winds of 95 kph near the centre and gusts of up to 120 kph, was expected to move towards northern Taiwan later this week.
Monsoon rains in the Philippines have grown fiercer in recent years, with last year's deadliest monsoon, also in August, submerging the capital and nearby areas, killing more than 50 people and forcing about 270,000 to seek safer ground.
About 20 typhoons hit the Southeast Asian country each year, often bringing death and destruction.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2013, 11:20