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Rains close down Philippine capital

Torrential rains have brought the Filipino capital to a standstill, making streets impassable to vehicles and sending thousands of people into emergency shelters.

Schools, offices, the stock exchange, courts and embassies in Manila are closed as the weather bureau placed metropolitan Manila under red alert. The national disaster agency and local officials reported at least two dead and several missing.

Many areas are submerged in waist-deep floodwaters following a night of heavy rains brought by the monsoon which is enhanced by Tropical Storm Trami. It hovered over the North Philippine Sea and drenched the main northern island of Luzon with up to 30 millimetres (1.18 inches) of rain per hour.

Several dams were forced to open flood gates because of rising waters and thousands of residents downstream were told to move.

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