8 Aug 2012

Torrential rain kills at least 15 in Manila

1:53 pm on 8 August 2012

At least 15 people have been killed and 250,000 have fled their homes after more than 24 hours of torrential rain in the Philippines capital, Manila.

Officials say the heavy rain triggered a landslide in a slum in northern Manila thaburied several houses.

The bodies of nine members of one family have been recovered and four people have been rescued alive. The search is continuing, with rescuers unsure how many more people are missing.

In nearby provinces also hit by floods, four people drowned in Bulacan and two were killed in Batangas.

Officials say half of the capital is flooded, with water in some areas neck-deep.

"If we put it in a percentage, at least 50% of metro Manila is flooded," says Gine Nievarez of the state weather service.

Schools, businesses and most government offices in the city are shut.