More than a week of extensive flooding caused by a typhoon has left at least 170 people dead and an estimated two million homeless in the Philippines.
AV Flooded area, Manila
SV & CU Refugees of Luzon Island (3 shots)
AV Flood water track to rescue helicopter
MV Rescue workers unload supplies
TRACKING SHOT Vehicles along flooded road
LV Man paddling home-made raft
AV Flooded area in Manila
TRACKING SHOT Car along flooded road (2 shots)
AV Flooded bridge
AERIAL VIEWS OF FLOODED MANILA: REFUGEES: HELICOPTERS LOADED WITH SUPPLIES: RELIEF VEHICLES ON FLOODED ROADS: FLOODED BRIDGES.
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Background: More than a week of extensive flooding caused by a typhoon has left at least 170 people dead and an estimated two million homeless in the Philippines.
Most of the damage was in the coastal and central plains north of Manila on Luzon Island. At the height of the flooding, ninety per cent of the capital was under water and fifteen Luzon provinces were put on an emergence footing.
Part of the Presidential Palace in Manila was turned into a hospital when the city's hospitals became jammed with the sick and injured.
President Ferdinand Marcos said the damage to crops and property could run to two thousand million pesos (about GBP133 million sterling) And at a Manila news conference, President Marcos said there was reason to believe that the French nuclear tests in the Pacific could have caused weather changes in the area.
By July 24, when Typhoon Rita had veered away from the Philippines, a big rescue operation was underway. Philippine and American helicopters were lifting families stranded by the floods to safety and dropping food, clothing and medicine to isolated towns. Rescue authorities said they believed some people in remote areas had not eaten for a week.
Early rescue efforts were inadequate against the huge scale of the floods. Only eight amphibious vehicles and a handful of helicopters were operating in Luzon as the floods swept through villages and towns. Rescuers had to use trucks and makeshift rafts to reach people caught in the rising floodwaters.