Photo: Underwater city

17 August 2012

Underwater city: flooding in the Philippines has left 97 people dead after a second tropical storm hit the north of the country on Wednesday.

Storm Helen hit the main island of Luzon before dawn. Two people died, adding to the 95 deaths in and around the capital, Manila, during floods last week. The most recent reports suggest that about 2.5 million people have been affected. Nearly 400,000 people have taken refuge in evacuation centres.

Christian Aid expressed concern on Wednesday about reports that the government of the Phillippines plans to demolish the homes of informal settlers along waterways, and to evict and relocate more than 100,000 families.

The charity has provided £50,000 for immediate response to flooding in the Philippines. Donations can be made at

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