Floods shut down financial markets and government offices in Philippines

A Filipino in a flooded street in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Sept 12, 2017.
A Filipino in a flooded street in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Sept 12, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) - Philippine financial markets were closed on Tuesday (Sept 12) along with government offices and schools as heavy overnight rains flooded parts of the capital Manila and nearby provinces.

Currency, stocks and bonds trading were suspended after the office of President Rodrigo Duterte halted work in government offices, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla said. At least five domestic flights were cancelled, according to the Manila International Airport Authority.

Flood waters were waist-deep in some parts of Manila, blocking several traffic arteries including the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue connecting the northern and southern parts of the city, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

With another typhoon moving closer to the northeastern Philippine coast, the current storm is forecast to land in Quezon or Aurora province north of the capital on Tuesday afternoon, the local weather bureau said.

The Philippines, battered annually by an average of 20 cyclones that form over the Pacific Ocean, is among countries most vulnerable to climate change. Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in the world to hit land, killed more than 6,000 people in 2013.