Over 850,000 get relief after Philippines flooding

By Girlie Linao Published: August 9, 2012
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Ramos said additional rescue teams were arriving from the provinces. “We are doing our best to reach everyone,” he said.

Emergency workers have used inflatable rafts, boats and amphibious vehicles to distribute relief goods and rescue people after floodwaters reached 20 feet in some areas Tuesday, turning parts of Manila into a “water world,” Ramos said.

Work in many government and private offices resumed Wednesday after being suspended the previous day, but some allowed their employees to go home earlier than usual when the rains became heavy again in the afternoon.