Philippines floods kill over 50 people, displace 270,000 (VIDEO)


Fishing boats are moored in a shelter at the Nanfangao harbor in eastern Ilan county, as typhoon Saola approches the island's east coast on August 2, 2012. Typhoon Saola reached Taiwan, causing nearly the entire island to close down and bringing torrential rains that could linger until next week, officials said.


Sam Yeh

Rescue officials today said a massive landslide hit a Manila suburb today, killing nine people as rescue workers rushed to the submerged capital today in response to the worst flooding to hit the Philippines in two years, reported The New York Times.

Benito Ramos of the Philippines' disaster relief agency told AP that Quezon City, a suburb of Manila, had been hit with a landslide that killed nine people. See the video below. 

Torrential rain continued to pound Manila today, where some 270,000 people have been forced from their homes and communities, according to Reuters

The last 10 days of heavy rainfall has killed over 50 people, officials said. The flooding was caused by a seasonal monsoon that swept through the country's dams and flooded its rivers, said the Associated Press

“It’s like Waterworld,” Ramos told NYT. A good third of the Philippine capital is submerged in waist- or neck-deep waters today, he told AP

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said "the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm 'Haikui' located 300km [184 miles] northeast of Taiwan" would likely bring more rain, according to the BBC.

Typhoon Saola struck the region less than a week ago, and more rain will add significant problems for the already inundated city. 

Many Manila residents are now forced to live in slums or take shelter in public buildings. This year's flooding is the worst to hit the country since Typhoon Ketsana killed hundreds and submerged more than 80 percent of Manila in mud and water in 2009.

The nation's weather agency today warned that rains are expected to last through Thursday, said AP

Watch Reuters video from Manila today: