Discuss as:

'It's like Waterworld': Monsoon rains swamp Manila, force 270,000 to flee

Noel Celis / AFP - Getty Images

Residents carry their belongings as they wade through flood waters after a river overflowed following torrential rain in Manila, the Philippines on August 7, 2012. Half of Manila was under water on August 7, officials said, as torrential rains paralysed the Philippine capital in its worst floods since a typhoon killed more than 400 people three years ago.

Jay Directo / AFP - Getty Images

Rescuers carry a man from the rubble of a landslide in Quezon City, suburban Manila on August 7, 2012. The landslide covered four houses, and at least one person was confirmed dead in the accident, one of many in a city hit by heavy downpours and rising floodwaters.

Jay Directo / AFP - Getty Images

A resident pushes his bicycle through murky floodwaters in Quezon City in suburban Manila on August 7, 2012.

Reuters reports — Deadly torrential rains submerged much of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas on Tuesday, forcing nearly 270,000 people to flee their homes with more flooding expected in the north of the country as a tropical storm passes through the region, officials said. 

"It's like Waterworld," said Benito Ramos, head of the Philippines national disaster agency, referring to a Hollywood movie about a flooded world.

Disaster officials said over half of Manila was swamped by floods as high as three meters, worsened by a high tide and the release of water from dams in surrounding provinces. Read the full story.

Rolex Dela Pena / EPA

Rescuers use rubber boats to transport residents evacuating from floods in Marikina City, east of Manila, on August 7, 2012.

John Javellana / AP

Stranded residents ride a rubber boat pulled by rescuers along a flooded area in suburban Marikina, east of Manila, on August 7, 2012.

Monsoon rains in the Philippines flood the capital, forcing more than 270,000 people to leave their homes and seek evacuation shelters. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

Follow @NBCNewsPictures

Sign up for the NBCNews.com Photos Newsletter