The outskirts of Manila are still flooded although the waters in the central Luzon Plains are reported to be steadily falling following the worst flooding in the history of the Philippines.
Flooded streets (3 shots)
Students cleaning streets (5 shots)
Taiwan military aircraft taxis
GV unloading supplies
Unloading good (4 shots)
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Background: The outskirts of Manila are still flooded although the waters in the central Luzon Plains are reported to be steadily falling following the worst flooding in the history of the Philippines.
Many of suburban Manila's houses have been damaged beyond repair, and the people have been forced to use boats as a means of transportation. Electricity generators in the capital were closed today (Thursday 10 August) while workmen carried out vital repairs to equipment which has been supplying emergency lighting to most of the city's population over the past few weeks.
In the drier parts of Manila, groups of students are beginning the long task of clearing the streets of the mud and filth which the flood waters carried into the city. The roads into the city have been seriously damaged by the flooding, and government officials estimate it may take as long as two years to restore highways to some of the outlying provinces.
At Nichols Air Base on the outskirts of Manila on Wednesday (9 August), a big airlift of relief supplies began with the arrival of military aircraft from Taiwan, carrying vital cans of rations, pork and fish. A spokesman for the Taiwan embassy in Manila said his government would be using a fleet of 28 planes to carry in the supplies. West Germany was also expected to fly in more than a ton of high protein food and antibiotics worth more than 12,000 sterling.