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Philippines storm leaves five dead

A storm that brought torrential monsoon rains which flooded much of the Philippine capital has gained strength and battered the country's northern provinces with heavy downpours and strong winds.

The national disaster agency reported today more than half a million people were affected by Tropical Storm Fung-Wong in metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces, forcing close to 90,000 people to evacuate. At least five have been killed.

Governor Imee Marcos of Ilocos Norte said fierce winds and heavy rains battered her province, blowing away roofs, toppling trees and flooding highways. She says electricity has been shut off to prevent accidents.

Floodwaters have subsided in most of metropolitan Manila after the sprawling metropolis of 12 million experienced one of the worst floods in recent years.

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