More rain adds to misery in flooded Philippine capital

More rain adds to misery in flooded Philippine capital
Residents walk through a flooded street as heavy rains continued in Manila on August 20, 2013.

MANILA - Heavy rain pounded the Philippine capital and surrounding areas for a third day Wednesday, adding to the misery of nearly 300,0000 exhausted people displaced from their flooded homes.

Eight people have already been confirmed killed by the monsoon rains that have battered the main Philippine island of Luzon, and provincial authorities warned the death toll would rise with reports of more drownings.

About one third of Manila, a low-lying and sprawling city of 12 million people, remained under water with some areas enduring waist-deep floods, according to Philippine Red Cross secretary general Gwendolyn Pang.

The crisis had eased from Tuesday, when more than half of the city was submerged and the rain was heavier.

But Pang said many people were still suffering, with close to 300,000 people living in evacuation centres or seeking shelter with friends and relatives.

"The problem now is food, and a source of water for drinking. They also have to wash their clothes (while) some had their belongings washed away by the water," Pang told AFP.

One of the worst-affected areas was the coastal district of Cavite, about 18 kilometres (11 miles) from the heart of the capital, where residents were enduring waist-deep water streaming through countless homes.

"We are really pitiful here. People are still shocked. There is no electricity," Lino Ibadlit, a district councillor, told AFP.

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