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Heavy Rain, Floods Batter Philippines

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Earlier this week, relentless monsoon rains and Tropical Storm Trami wreaked havoc in the Philippines, causing at least ten deaths and severely flooding wide swaths of the capital Manila. Flood-battered residents from coastal areas and mountainous regions appealed for help, after days of some of the Philippines' heaviest rains on record. The floods began receding yesterday, even as authorities evacuated thousands of residents along Manila's overflowing rivers and braced for more chaos in outlying provinces. Trami is now bearing down on heavily populated northern Taiwan, prompting schools and offices to close. [24 photos]

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A boy carries his dog through floodwaters brought by the monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines, on August 20, 2013. Heavy rains continue to batter the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, causing government offices, schools and some businesses to suspend work, and sending residents to flee their homes. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco)
A boy carries his dog through floodwaters brought by the monsoon rain, intensified by tropical storm Trami, in Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines, on August 20, 2013. Heavy rains continue to batter the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, causing government offices, schools and some businesses to suspend work, and sending residents to flee their homes. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco)
A passenger bus commutes along a flooded highway as heavy rains pummel Manila, on August 20, 2013. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man wades through a flooded street in Manila, on August 20, 2013. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Floodwaters run off a street as commuters try to make their way through the water in the suburbs of Manila, on August 20, 2013. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images) #
Filipinos use a makeshift float to cross a flooded street in the financial district of Makati, south of Manila, on August 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Residents wade in waist-deep floodwaters brought by the monsoon rain, in Paranaque city, on August 20, 2013. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) #
A woman wades in floodwaters brought by monsoon rain, in Kawit town of Cavite city, on August 19, 2013. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) #
Residents use umbrellas aboard a truck as they are evacuated from their houses swamped with floodwaters in Sucat, Paranaque city, on August 19, 2013. (Reuters/John Javellana) #
Rain clouds loom over the Manila skyline as seen from a passenger plane on August 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
A Filipino boy cleans dishes at a temporary evacuation center as rain pours in suburban San Mateo, on August 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Residents brave neck-deep floods outside their house in Marikina city, on August 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Residents look inside a submerged car in floodwaters in Las Pinas, Metro Manila, on August 19, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Residents rescue a dog carried away by floodwaters in the farming town of Novaleta, some 26 kilometers outside Manila, on August 19, 2013. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images) #
Residents use an inflatable raft as they go on their daily chores amidst flooding at Binakayan township, Cavite province, on August 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
A Filipino man carries his son across a flooded street as they evacuate to higher grounds in Las Pinas, on August 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
A man pushes his motorcycle through floodwaters brought by the monsoon rain, in Pasay city, metro Manila, on August 20, 2013. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) #
A resident wades in neck deep floodwaters in Masantol, Pampanga, on August 21, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A family rests at a flooded evacuation center after floodwaters swamped their house, in Calumpit, Bulacan, north of Manila, on August 21, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Filipino boys look out from their house as other makeshift residences lay damaged from strong floodwater currents, after days of torrential rains along a waterway in Las Pinas, south of Manila, on August 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Residents use a mosquito net to catch fish along a flooded alley in a residential district in Bacoor, Cavite on August 20, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Filipino men struggle to cross strong currents as floodwaters rise at a residential area in Las Pinas, on August 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Filipino residents affected by floods, lit by the headlights of passing vehicles, while they wait to receive relief goods in Las Pinas, on August 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Filipino residents affected by floods reach out to receive relief goods in Las Pinas, on August 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Filipinos affected by the flooding line up to receive relief goods in Las Pinas, south of Manila, Philippines on August 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #

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