The shanties of some four thousand squatter families in the Philippines capital of Manila are being demolished because they block the canals which drain floodwater from the city.
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Background: The shanties of some four thousand squatter families in the Philippines capital of Manila are being demolished because they block the canals which drain floodwater from the city.
President Ferdinand Marcos ordered the removal of the shanties to prevent a recurrence of the floods which covered 95 per cent of Manila earlier this month and killed 569 people.
The settlements in the canals were blamed for slowing the run-off of water from Manila.
This week, demolition worker escorted by soldiers began to demolish the shanties and to shift their residents to a Government re-location centres. However, the squatters are reluctant to move to land offered outside Manila because most have jobs in the city.
Flood control experts had frequently warned that the blocked canals posed a danger, but attempts to have them cleared were prevented by local politicians who relied on the votes of the squatters.