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73 killed in Philippines storm and floods

Rescuers from the army and civilian agencies struggled for a second day on Sunday to reach flood victims in the Philippines after a tropical storm swept through the main island of Luzon, leaving at least 73 dead and temporarily displacing more than 337,000 people.

Hundreds of people remained stranded on rooftops of their flooded homes in several low-lying residential communities in the capital Manila as authorities scrambled to borrow or seek donations of motorised rubber boats to add to those being used by the navy, coast guard and local governments.

Government troops, the police and civilian volunteers had by Sunday night rescued more than 5,000 people.

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Originally posted on FT.com

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