Heavy rains continue to batter Manila and surrounding areas
MANILA (AFP) - Torrential rain relentlessly battered the flood-soaked Philippine capital and surrounding farming areas on Tuesday, raising fears this week's monsoon death toll would climb well above three.
Schools and government offices in Manila and many neighbouring regions were closed for a second consecutive day, as floods swelled high into urban as well as rural homes.
The state weather agency warned the rain would continue through Tuesday, issuing its top level red alert for Manila and neighbouring provinces.
The red alert means "serious flooding" is likely in low-lying areas, and more than three centimetres of rain is expected every hour.