Two residents in a flooded area of Manila
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Severe floods hit the Philippines capital Manila

The Philippines capital Manila is experiencing its worst floods in three years. This is due to a heavier than usual monsoon rainfall, fuelled by tropical storm Haikui in the Philippine Sea, northeast of Taiwan.

More than 270,000 people have fled their homes and more than 50 have died.

About 20 storms slam into the Philippines every year, causing heavy casualties and damage.

The BBC's Kate McGeown has more from Manila about the rain, and how much damage the flooding was having on the country's economy.

  • 08 Aug 2012