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Waiting, wading and mourning in flood-stricken Philippines, as death toll hits 60

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Local residents wade through floodwaters in a street in the township of Apalit on the outskirts of Manila on Aug. 10. The number of people killed in floods that submerged most of the Philippine capital Manila and parts of surrounding provinces this week has risen to 60, the government said on Aug. 10.

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Thousands of flood victims queue for food relief at a municipal building in the township of Paombong on the outskirts of Manila on Aug. 10. Thousands more Philippine flood victims crammed into evacuation centres on August 10 as waist-high water covered vast farming regions and the death toll from a week of misery rose to 60.

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Locals paddling through floodwaters with the backdrop of the Makati financial district skyline in Taguig city, South of Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 10. The death toll in floods caused by days of heavy monsoon rains in the Philippine capital and northern provinces has climbed to 60 with seven people missing, the national disaster response agency said. More than half a million people were displaced by the deluge with 362,307 staying in cramped evacuation centres and 284,177 taking shelter with relatives and friends. In total, 2.44 million people were affected by the floods, the worst since 2009 when flash floods triggered by Tropical Storm Ketsana left 501 dead and missing in Manila and surrounding provinces.

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Alexis Joy Preclaro, 4, sits with her puppy in a table at an evacuation center in Taytay town, east of Manila, Philippines. About 2.4 million people in Manila and nearby provinces have been affected, forcing more than 360,000 to seek shelter in government-run evacuation centers, the Office of Civil Defense reported Friday.

AP reports -- Philippine disaster officials were shifting Friday from rescue work to a massive clean-up of the capital following nonstop rains that left tons of muck and debris from floods littering the city.

The torrential monsoon rains that began Sunday left at least 60 people dead in the worst flooding in Manila since 2009. More than half of the sprawling metropolis of 12 million was submerged at the peak of the floods, and schools and offices closed for days.

About 2.4 million people in Manila and nearby provinces have been affected, forcing more than 360,000 to seek shelter in government-run evacuation centers, the Office of Civil Defense reported Friday.

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Pedicabs transport commuters in a flooded street in Malabon, Metro Manila, on Aug. 10.

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Net-Net Carbonilla mourns the death of her father Noli Carbonilla, 55, as she sits next to his casket surrounded by flood waters Aug. 10, in Manila, Philippines. Noli was not killed by the floods but his wake and funeral were delayed due to the flooding. As the waters began to recede the family built a platform to keep the casket above water. The death toll has climbed to more than 100 people as metro Manila dealt with nearly 2 weeks of monsoon rains effecting more than 2 million people, the worst flooding in 3 years. Phillippine residents are starting to return to their homes and cleaning up the storm damage.