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Philippines: Five dead, tens of thousands flee floods

Philippines: Five dead, tens of thousands flee floods
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Five people have been killed in the Philippines and tens of thousands have fled from floods caused by days of unrelenting rain, rescuers said on Sunday.

Civil defence officials warned residents of Manila and nearby provinces to expect more heavy seasonal rain over the coming days as more than 24,000 people sought refuge in schools and government buildings. “We are expecting more low-lying areas to experience flooding,” National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokeswoman Romina Marasigan told AFP.

“Those who are already in evacuation centres should stay there until the weather improves,” she added.

Those evacuated include nearly 9,000 Manila residents displaced by flooding from the Marikina River on Saturday.

The council said three Manila slum residents were crushed to death on Saturday by walls that collapsed in the floods.

A man drowned crossing a swift-flowing river on the central island of Panay on Wednesday, it said, while the authorities retrieved a body from a Manila canal on Friday -- the cause of death is under investigation.
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