25 Jun '11, 9am

90,000 flee storm in Philippines

90,000 flee storm in Philippines

MANILA : Nearly 90,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Philippines due to floods caused by Tropical Storm Meari, with 15 people listed as missing, the civil defence office said. In Marikina, a low-lying suburb of Manila, 25,000 people were in evacuation centres after waters reached dangerous levels, the office added on Saturday. Authorities indicated it was too early to say when people would be able to return home. Seas were still too rough for small craft, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. One of 10 fishermen who were listed as missing at sea on Thursday had been rescued but the nine others had still not been found. A further three fishermen had failed to return to port by Saturday. In addition, a woman was washed away by raging waters while two children could not be accounted for amid floods and landslides outside the ca...

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