In the Philippines, at least twenty thousand people fled their homes on Tuesday (10 October) as a tropical storm lashed northern parts of the country.
GV Boats alongside flooded house PAN TO floods
GV Man in boat beside house
GV Flooded shops
GV PAN FROM rest house TO people in water
GV Flooded bridge
GV PAN Flooded houses
GV People wading through water
GV Boats pulled onto shore away from flood waters
GV PAN Rescuers working on collapsed building (2 shots)
GV People queuing for food (2 shots)
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Background: In the Philippines, at least twenty thousand people fled their homes on Tuesday (10 October) as a tropical storm lashed northern parts of the country.
SYNOPSIS: The capital, Manila, was severely flooded, and at one stage on Tuesday (10 October) the water was waist high. The tropical storm, nicknamed Nina, later crossed into the South China Sea. But weather officials warned that another storm had been sighted over the Pacific, which could mean more trouble.
Tropical storm Nina flooded thousands of homes in Manila and made roads impassable. The Red Cross immediately began preparing emergency centres for the homeless. But casualties were low, with early reports saying three people had been drowned.
The floodwaters caused dozens of buildings to collapse, and rescue workers moved in early to prevent the casualty list from rising. But their efforts were hampered by winds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 kph). The winds also paralysed all air, sea and land traffic to and from Manila.
The capital's social welfare centres started distributing food to the homeless, and arranged temporary shelter for the thousands of civilians displaced by the floods. But, for rescue teams in Manila, the work has just begun.