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Two die in landslides after Philippines hit with heavy rains

The Philippine weather bureau warned that continued moderate to heavy rains in Manila and nearby provinces along the cyclone's path may trigger flash floods and landslides.

By: AP | Manila (phillipines) | Updated: September 12, 2017 11:55:39 am
heavy rainfall phillipines, landslides phillipines, people die landslide phillipnes, floods phillipines, world news, indian express news A resident swims beside a swollen creek as floodwaters continue to rise due to Tropical Depression Maring in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to Tropical Depression Maring. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A tropical depression dumped heavy rains in the Philippines early Tuesday, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing a landslide that killed two brothers.

Five other people remain missing after flash floods swept away a house beside a swollen river in Laguna province, disaster relief officials said.

Financial markets, government offices and schools were closed while several flights were canceled.

Disaster response official Elmer Espiritu said the 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 have ordered forced evacuation in risky areas after some residents refused to leave, he added.

heavy rainfall phillipines, landslides phillipines, people die landslide phillipnes, floods phillipines, world news, indian express news Enterprising residents use an improvised raft which is made of used plastic bottles to ferry commuters through a flooded street after overnight rains brought about by tropical depression Maring, inundated low-lying areas Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Bacoor township, Cavite province south of Manila, Philippines. A tropical depression has dumped heavy rains in the Philippines, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing a landslide. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

In Laguna’s Calamba town, flash floods swept away at least one house along the bank of the swollen San Cristobal River. Five people are missing, while eight others including five children were rescued, said disaster response official Noriel Habana.

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

The Philippine weather bureau says Tropical Depression Maring made landfall in eastern Quezon province Tuesday morning, moving northwest with 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph) winds and gusts of up to 100 kph (62 mph). It warned that continued moderate to heavy rains in Manila and nearby provinces along the cyclone’s path may trigger flash floods and landslides.

A stronger typhoon, Talim, is located 865 kilometers (537 miles) east of the Philippines northern tip and is moving toward Taiwan and eastern China.

heavy rainfall phillipines, landslides phillipines, people die landslide phillipnes, floods phillipines, world news, indian express news A resident uses a makeshift floater as he crosses a flooded street in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to Tropical Depresion “Maring”. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Typhoon Talim is due to make landfall on Taiwan late Wednesday and officials there were especially concerned about the risk of mudslides in mountainous parts of the island. Taiwan’s central government was contacting the heads of mountain villages, arranging free evacuations to shelters, monitoring rivers and mudslide-prone areas.

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