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  • August 8, 2012

    Philippine flooding disaster

    The torrential rains have once again put much of the capital city of Manila underwater, but the strong spirit of its residents is clear as they try to cope. Here are a few images from the past week from the storm battered country.

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  • A Filipino resident swims in polluted waters as he tries to salvage items from their house after two empty barges rammed into shanties on stilts at a poor community in Manila, Philippines on Monday July 30, 2012. A tropical storm roughed up seas and dumped torrents of monsoon rains in central and the northern Philippines, leaving at least three people dead and causing barges to smash into dozens of shanties along Manila Bay, officials said Monday. AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    A Filipino resident swims in polluted waters as he tries to salvage items from their house after two empty barges rammed into shanties on stilts at a poor community in Manila, Philippines on Monday July 30, 2012. A tropical storm roughed up seas and dumped torrents of monsoon rains in central and the northern Philippines, leaving at least three people dead and causing barges to smash into dozens of shanties along Manila Bay, officials said Monday. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • A Filipino girl plays with a mock fishing rod outside their flooded home at Valenzuela city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday July 31, 2012. Typhoon Saola dumped torrents of rain as it swept past the Philippines, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000 others by Tuesday.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    A Filipino girl plays with a mock fishing rod outside their flooded home at Valenzuela city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday July 31, 2012. Typhoon Saola dumped torrents of rain as it swept past the Philippines, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000 others by Tuesday. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • A Filipino girl rides a bicycle along a flooded street at Valenzuela city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday July 31, 2012. Typhoon Saola dumped torrents of rain as it swept past the Philippines, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000 others by Tuesday.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    A Filipino girl rides a bicycle along a flooded street at Valenzuela city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday July 31, 2012. Typhoon Saola dumped torrents of rain as it swept past the Philippines, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000 others by Tuesday. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • A Filipino man answers a call on his mobile phone as he rides a partly submerged passenger jeep in Valenzuela city, north of Manila, Philippines Tuesday July 31, 2012. Typhoon Saola dumped torrents of rain as it swept past the Philippines, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000 others by Tuesday.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    A Filipino man answers a call on his mobile phone as he rides a partly submerged passenger jeep in Valenzuela city, north of Manila, Philippines Tuesday July 31, 2012. Typhoon Saola dumped torrents of rain as it swept past the Philippines, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000 others by Tuesday. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • Young boys play in a flooded street,  clinging to the back of a truck Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in Navotas City north of Manila, Philippines.  A typhoon dumped torrents of rain as it swept past the Philippines, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000 others by Tuesday. Another storm lashed the capital and neighboring provinces, leaving several parts of Manila without power and under water.   AP Photo / Pat Roque

    Young boys play in a flooded street, clinging to the back of a truck Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in Navotas City north of Manila, Philippines. A typhoon dumped torrents of rain as it swept past the Philippines, killing at least seven people and displacing more than 20,000 others by Tuesday. Another storm lashed the capital and neighboring provinces, leaving several parts of Manila without power and under water. AP Photo / Pat Roque Photo Store

  • A man holding a pole stands on a mound of garbage washed ashore by big waves as others look for recyclable materials Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 along Roxas Blvd. in Manila, Philippines. The slow-moving Typhoon Saola killed at least 12 people and displaced 154,000 in the Philippines.  AP Photo / Pat Roque

    A man holding a pole stands on a mound of garbage washed ashore by big waves as others look for recyclable materials Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 along Roxas Blvd. in Manila, Philippines. The slow-moving Typhoon Saola killed at least 12 people and displaced 154,000 in the Philippines. AP Photo / Pat Roque Photo Store

  • Silvestra Baguio, 83, reacts as she is carried along a flooded area by police while they transfer her to a temporary evacuation center at Malabon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 1, 2012. The slow-moving Typhoon Saola displaced 154,000 people in the country.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    Silvestra Baguio, 83, reacts as she is carried along a flooded area by police while they transfer her to a temporary evacuation center at Malabon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 1, 2012. The slow-moving Typhoon Saola displaced 154,000 people in the country. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • Filipinos wade along garbage-laden floodwaters at Navotas city, north of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Fierce winds and heavy rains from the slow-moving Typhoon Saola battered the country, displacing 154,000 people.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    Filipinos wade along garbage-laden floodwaters at Navotas city, north of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Fierce winds and heavy rains from the slow-moving Typhoon Saola battered the country, displacing 154,000 people. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • A woman watches floodwater flow into a house following a dike breach caused by the storm, Friday, Aug. 4, 2012 in Navotas City, north of Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Saola left more than two dozens of people dead and forced 180,000 to flee their homes in the country.   AP Photo / Pat Roque

    A woman watches floodwater flow into a house following a dike breach caused by the storm, Friday, Aug. 4, 2012 in Navotas City, north of Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Saola left more than two dozens of people dead and forced 180,000 to flee their homes in the country. AP Photo / Pat Roque Photo Store

  • Filipino rescuers dig for survivors where four homes collapsed in a landslide incident in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.  AP Photo / Mike Alquinto

    Filipino rescuers dig for survivors where four homes collapsed in a landslide incident in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. AP Photo / Mike Alquinto Photo Store

  • A man gives hot drinks and food to people staying inside their flooded homes in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed several people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    A man gives hot drinks and food to people staying inside their flooded homes in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed several people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • An evacuee takes his dinner under candelight as electricity was cut due to flooding at a church that is converted into a temporary evacuation center in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed several people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue tens of thousands of residents who called media outlets pleading for help. AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    An evacuee takes his dinner under candelight as electricity was cut due to flooding at a church that is converted into a temporary evacuation center in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed several people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue tens of thousands of residents who called media outlets pleading for help. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • Residents ride along a flooded area in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.  AP Photo / John Javellana

    Residents ride along a flooded area in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. AP Photo / John Javellana Photo Store

  • A resident wearing a shirt with a picture of US President Barack Obama carries a chair as he wades along a flooded area in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    A resident wearing a shirt with a picture of US President Barack Obama carries a chair as he wades along a flooded area in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • Two men push their bikes along a flooded area in Rizal, east of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. AP Photo / John Javellana

    Two men push their bikes along a flooded area in Rizal, east of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. AP Photo / John Javellana Photo Store

  • Residents cross a flooded road in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 23 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital briefly eased Wednesday, allowing rescuers on rubber boats to reach a large number of distressed residents still marooned in submerged villages. AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    Residents cross a flooded road in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 23 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital briefly eased Wednesday, allowing rescuers on rubber boats to reach a large number of distressed residents still marooned in submerged villages. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • A man carries puppies back inside their house as other dogs stay on the roof at a flooded area in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    A man carries puppies back inside their house as other dogs stay on the roof at a flooded area in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • A resident carries a monitor along a flooded road in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    A resident carries a monitor along a flooded road in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • Senior residents stay inside a room at a school converted into a temporary evacuation center in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012.  Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    Senior residents stay inside a room at a school converted into a temporary evacuation center in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

  • Young evacuees look from behind a fence at a school converted into a temporary evacuation center in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs.  AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    Young evacuees look from behind a fence at a school converted into a temporary evacuation center in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. AP Photo / Aaron Favila Photo Store

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