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Flames engulf Manila shanty town, leaving thousands homeless

Cheryl Ravelo / Reuters

Residents untie the hose of a cement mixer to douse water on a fire engulfing houses at a slum community in Manila on May 11. At least 1000 houses were razed in the fire, the cause of which is yet unknown, leaving 5000 families homeless, local media reported.

Cheryl Ravelo / Reuters

Residents paddle their makeshift boat to safety as fire engulfs houses at a slum community in Manila on May 11.

Francis R. Malasig / EPA

Filipino residents flee from a fire at a shanty town in Manila, Philippines, May 11. According to initial reports from fire investigators, around 5,000 residents lost their houses built on top of a breakwater at Port of Manila dock area. Chief Inspector Bonifacio Carta of the Manila Fire Department said that they coordinated with the Philippine Coast Guard and asked for additional fire boats to support in controlling the blaze.

Pat Roque / AP

A man floats in the water with some of his belongings as his neighborhood is engulfed in fire on May 11 in a slum area in Manila, Philippines. Officials say the fire that swept through a sprawling squatters' colony on Manila Bay's rim has left two people missing and some 10,000 others homeless.

Francis R. Malasig / EPA

Filipino residents are seen during a fire at a shanty town in Manila, Philippines, on May 11. According to initial reports from fire investigators, around 5,000 residents lost their houses built on top of a breakwater at Port of Manila dock area. Chief Inspector Bonifacio Carta of the Manila Fire Department said that they coordinated with the Philippine Coast Guard and asked for additional fire boats to support in controlling the blaze.