- Title: PHILIPPINES: Flooding worsens after a second powerful typhoon batters the country
- Date: 3rd October 2011
- Summary: VILLAGERS PUSHING CHILD IN BUCKET IN WATER AS THEY WADE DOWN FLOODED STREET
- Embargoed: 18th October 2011 13:00
- Location: Philippines, Philippines
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Disasters,Environment
- Reuters ID: LVAD6OFEA4CMGGWX7VG3AC0HHMWX
- Story Text: Villagers struggled after a second powerful typhoon, Nalgae hit the Philippines, dumping heavy rain which increased flood levels.
Two rice-producing provinces -- Pampanga and Bulacan -- have been submerged in chest-deep water since Friday. The storm brought about 25 mm of rainfall an hour in some areas.
Villagers from Calumpit Town in Bulacan Province waded down streets waist-deep in water, others sought refuge in a gymnasium which have been partially flooded.
"My house is underwater. You can only see the roof," one villager, Boy Delirio said.
The country has yet to recover from Typhoon Nesat, which hit on Tuesday, killing at least 52 people.
Thirty people are still missing after Nesat, the disaster agency said.
Evacuation centres have also been flooded, further worsening conditions for the evacuees and making the delivery of relief goods difficult.
Marites Pilapil, who found shelter in a partially flooded gymnasium, said people needed food.
"Me and my companions here can't work or do anything to make a living. If there is anyone willing to help, we need food," she said.
Typhoon Nalgae hit rice-producing Isabela province and battered the Cordillera mountain region, losing power before it cleared the west coast and headed towards Vietnam.
The national disaster agency said one person was killed when Typhoon Nalgae struck on Saturday October 1), although there were reports of more deaths from provincial officials.
The damage bill from Typhoon Nesat stood at 6.7 billion pesos (155 million U.S. dollars), the disaster agency said. More than 180,000 people fled to shelters in dozens of towns north of Manila. There was no initial damage estimate for Nalgae.
Officials were monitoring another storm that was forming off the east coast and could hit northern Luzon later this week.
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