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Four dead as tropical depression causes floods and landslides in Philippines

A tropical depression has dumped heavy rain on the Philippines, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing landslides and flash floods that killed at least four people.

Six others were missing, including five residents of Laguna province, where floods swept away a house next to a swollen river, disaster relief officials said.

The other missing person was reported in nearby Cavite province, where several areas were submerged.

Financial markets, government offices and schools were closed and at least 21 flights were cancelled or diverted.

The weather bureau said Tropical Depression Maring made landfall in eastern Quezon province on Tuesday morning and was moving north-west with winds of 37mph and gusts of up to 62mph.

It warned that continued moderate to heavy rain in Manila and nearby provinces along the storm's path could trigger more floods and landslides.

Disaster response official Elmer Espiritu said two brothers aged 14 and 17 died when a landslide covered their home at the foot of a hill before dawn in Taytay town near Manila.

Officials ordered mandatory evacuations in risky areas after some residents refused to leave, he added.

In Quezon province, a two-month-old girl was killed and seven others were injured when a concrete wall around a hospital collapsed on three houses in Lucena city after heavy rain soaked the soil at the wall's base, officials said.

Police also reported that a 12-year-old girl drowned in metropolitan Manila's Pasay city while bathing in a river during the heavy downpour.

Twenty-two passengers on a bus stranded in floodwaters were rescued in Quezon province, officials said.

A stronger storm, Talim, is about 500 miles east of the Philippines' northern tip, moving towards Taiwan and eastern China.

Talim is due to make landfall on Taiwan late on Wednesday and officials there are especially concerned about mudslides in mountainous parts of the island.

Taiwan's government is contacting the heads of mountain villages, arranging free evacuations to shelters, and monitoring rivers and mudslide-prone areas.

Talim is expected to hit China's south-eastern coast either Thursday or Friday, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Coastal Zhejiang province ordered local governments and emergency services to prepare for the storm and possible flooding, China National Radio said.

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