Formidable clean-up ahead for Philippines

Associated Press
Residents carry a motorcycle across a flooded street in Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. (AP Photo/John Javellana)

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The torrential monsoon rains that began Sunday, August 5, left at least 100 people dead in the worst flooding in Manila since 2009. More than half of the sprawling metropolis of 12 million was submerged at the peak of the floods, and schools and offices closed for days.

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