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Huge floods in Manila as typhoon hits Philippines

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Residents living beside a river carry belongings as they evacuate to higher grounds in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines Tuesday Sept. 27, 2011 as Typhoon Nesat hits the country.

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A Filipino crosses a swollen river in Las Pinas, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011.

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Residents brave heavy rains and strong winds as they cross a makeshift wooden bridge during an evacuation from their flooded homes due to Typhoon Nesat in Legazpi City, Albay province, south of Manila on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011.

 

From AP reports:

MANILA, Philippines — Massive flooding hit the Philippine capital on Tuesday as typhoon winds and rains isolated the historic old city where residents waded in waist-deep waters, dodging tree branches and debris.

Authorities ordered more than 100,000 people to shelter from rains and wind gusts of up to 106 miles (170 kilometers) per hour. At least one person — a baby — drowned and four fishermen were reported missing.

Typhoon Nesat made landfall before dawn over eastern mountainous Isabela and Aurora provinces, which face the Pacific Ocean, then headed inland through farmlands north of Manila, the government weather bureau said. It was packing sustained winds of 87 mph (140 kph).