|Philippines helpless over Manila floods, flights delayed
Residents of the submerged Philippine capital Manila and surrounding areas appealed for help as relentless monsoon rains claimed at least seven lives.
“We have had nothing to eat, nothing to wear. A few people went to houses on higher ground, but most of us had nowhere to go,'' Dinah Claire Velasco, 44, a resident of a blue-collar coastal district on the outskirts of Manila told AFP.
“My children and other people were able to seek refuge on the second floor of my house but a lot of others had to just sit on their roofs... We're waiting for rescue, for help, even just food.''
But groups involved in the rescue effort said they were being overwhelmed.
“We are getting a lot of calls for rescue... we would really be hard pressed to rescue all of them,'' a Philippine Red Cross official told a government briefing on the floods, which was broadcast on national television.
At least 60 percent of Manila was flooded by morning today. In some places floodwaters climbed 2.1 meters, an official with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority told the briefing.
The stock exchange, government offices and schools in Manila are closed. Many domestic flights at Manila's airport were cancelled, while international flights were delayed. Flooded roads to the airport were impassable.