Torrential rains spawned by a tropical depression continue to lash the northern Philippines bringing fears of further landslides and flooding which have already left at least fifty dead over the past four days.
GV Flooded rice fields in Zambales Province ( 3 shots)
SV Sunken personnel carrier and soldiers trying to salvage possessions
SV Evacuees wading through flooded area
SV Bulldozer clearing away mudslide from highway
SV Volunteers searching through mudslide for victims (2 shots)
SV Flooded housing area (5 shots)
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Background: Torrential rains spawned by a tropical depression continue to lash the northern Philippines bringing fears of further landslides and flooding which have already left at least fifty dead over the past four days.
SYNOPSIS: Worst affected are the large rice growing areas north of Manila which lie several feet under water.
The government disaster control centre say the death toll and destruction in the flooded northern provinces is yet t be fully assessed.
The Red Cross reported that more the 23,000 people in Zambales Province were already in evacuation centres because of rising floodwaters. Similar numbers affected were reported in areas south of Manila. (SEQ 1-3)
The worst single disaster happened on Sunday (13 Aug) when a massive mudslide cascaded across a highway near the US Naval base at Subic Bay, 50 miles (80km) north of the capital. At least 30 people were buried by the slide.
Heavy rains are still hampering volunteer workers in their efforts to retrieve the bodies. Only 3 have been recovered.
Police estimate that 85 per cent of the rice paddies int he northern Philippine food bowl were under water.
Scores of flimsy houses have been destroyed and the Disaster Control Centre say the total damage to property and roads already exceeds several millions of US dollars. (SEQ 5-7)