New Storm Dumps More Rain on Flood-battered Philippines

August 14, 2012

A new storm is dumping more rain in the flood-battered northern Philippines a week after nearly 100 people died in a monsoon deluge that submerged half of the sprawling capital city.

Rescuers evacuated flood-prone areas in Manila’s suburban Quezon City on Monday, and Rosario town in Cavite province southwest of Manila closed schools because of downpours.

The weather agency says Tropical Depression Helen is whirling over the Pacific Ocean with sustained winds of 55 kilometers (34 miles) per hour and will become a tropical storm. It’s unlikely to hit land, but will bring heavy to intense monsoon rains.

More than 400,000 people fled their homes last week when floods swamped Manila and nearby provinces.

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