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Typhoon Nesat leaves severe flooding near Manila

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Filipinos collect house materials which washed ashore due to Typhoon Nesat at a coastal village in Navotas city, north of Manila, Philippines on Sept. 28.

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Residents salvage housing materials from a Manila Bay community that was destroyed by storm surges unleashed by Typhoon Nesat, on September 28. Some areas on the outskirts of Manila enduring floods up to 1.5 metres (five feet) deep, authorities sent out boats to rescue people stranded on the roofs of their houses.

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Residents of a flood affected area in Calumpit, Bulacan, north of Manila evacuate at a covered court after a river swelled caused by rain brought by tyhpoon Nesat on Sept. 28..

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A man wades through flood water after Pampanga river swelled caused by the heavy rains brought by typhoon Nesat in Calumpit, Bulacan, north of Manila on September 28. Thousands of people battled widespread flooding and another storm bore down on the country.

 From msnbc.com news services:

MANILA, Philippines — Downtown areas along Manila Bay saw their worst flooding in decades as a powerful typhoon dumped rain and sent surging waves as tall as palm trees crashing over sea walls.

At least 16 people were killed, most of them in metropolitan Manila, which already was soaked by heavy monsoon rains ahead of Typhoon Nesat's arrival.

The victims included a 22-month-old boy, Reuters reported. Large portions of Manila were without power.

Pounding rains obscured the view of anyone on the streets as soldiers and police scrambled to safely evacuate thousands of people in low-lying areas, where rivers and the sea spilled into shanties, hospitals, swanky hotels and even the seaside U.S. Embassy compound, which was closed Tuesday.

"It's flooded everywhere. We don't have a place to go for shelter. Even my motorcycle got filled with water," said motorist Ray Gonzales, one of thousands stranded by fast-rising floodwaters.

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