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Worst Flooding in Three Years Leaves Wake of Devastation in the Philippines

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Residents wade through floodwaters to return to their submerged houses in Marikina City Metro Manila August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Cheryl Ravelo)

Deadly flooding has hit the Philippine capital of Manila affecting over a million people and displacing hundreds of thousands.

Agence France-Presse reports that "Manila was drenched with more than half of a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours starting on Monday," and news agencies report that the country is experiencing the worst floods in three years.

"In some areas, I could not tell the sea from the flooded villages," said Benito Ramos, who heads the government's main disaster response agency, after viewing scenes of the flooding from a helicopter.

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See the Guardian's photo gallery documenting the devastation here.

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CNN and Al Jazeera have video below:

 

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