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Philippines storm kills 4, brings more floods

Published on Aug 15, 2012 6:50 PM
People use pedicabs to cross the floodwaters in a street in Valenzuela, on the outskirt of Manila on August 13, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - Four people were killed as another tropical storm swept across the Philippines on Wednesday, triggering landslides in the mountainous north and dumping more heavy rain on the flood-battered capital.

Tropical Storm Kai-tak hit the north-east of the main island of Luzon before dawn, dumping up to 35mm of rain an hour on a vast farming region, the state weather bureau said.

Areas to the south that were trying to recover from devastating floods last week, including Manila, also endured strong rain, prompting authorities to warn residents in low-lying areas of the capital to be ready to evacuate.

Among the worst-hit areas on Wednesday were four small northern farming towns, where water reached neck-deep in some areas and landslides cut off a major highway, said Melchito Castro, civil defence chief in the region.

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