A man clung to a pole at a basketball court as he tried to cross a flooded area in Quezon City north of Manila on Tuesday. Relentless rains submerged a third of the Philippines’ overpopulated capital, and set off a landslide that killed several people. Emergency crews scrambled to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.
Rescue workers raced Tuesday to pluck people from their roofs and out of fast-flowing water as the worst flooding in two years submerged a third of Manila, the Philippines’ overpopulated capital.
More than 50 people have been killed and at least 250,000 evacuated in the past week because of a series of storms, monsoon rains and flooding, officials said.
“It’s like Waterworld,” said Benito Ramos, the head of the government’s disaster relief agency, referring to the Hollywood film depicting a submerged earth.
Major streets in Manila turned to rivers on Monday after a series of tropical storms intensified what has historically been a period of heavy monsoon rains.
Schools, business and government offices were ordered closed while city residents watched in horror as neighborhood after neighborhood was submerged. Tens of thousands of residents were rescued or swam to safety. Others huddled on rooftops in hopes that the waters would subside.