8 Aug 2012

Manila struck by massive floods

10:30 am on 8 August 2012

At least eight people have been reported dead as torrential rain has caused flooding that paralysed most parts of the Philippines capital, Manila.

The flooding - neck-deep in some areas - forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, closing schools, offices and the stock exchange.

Eight members of one family died after a landslide hit shanty houses in Quezon City, reports said.

More than 50 people died after Typhoon Saola struck over a week ago, mostly in the north of the country.

The severity of the rain since Monday afternoon - in an already saturated city - has led officials to issue the highest level of alert, the BBC reports.

Weather officials warn that the floods could get worse as the overflowing La Mesa dam, which holds back Manila's main reservoir, spills more water.

More heavy rain is forecast for the next two days.