Formidable clean-up ahead for Philippines

Associated Press
Young evacuees raise plastic cups close to a container to get the last drops of orange juice from private donors at a school that was converted into a temporary evacuation center in suburban Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines, Friday Aug. 10, 2012. About 2.4 million people in Manila and nearby provinces have been affected, forcing more than 360,000 to seek shelter in government-run evacuation centers, the Office of Civil Defense reported Friday. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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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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