Flood fears in Philippines in wake of tropical storm
Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 01:13
Aug 16 - More flood fears after Tropical Storm Kai-Tak leaves at least seven dead in the northern Philippines. Travis Brecher reports.
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Swollen rivers in the aftermath of Kai-Tak.
The tropical storm left at least seven people dead after it swept through the Philippines early Thursday and set course for southern China.
Kai-Tak battered the northern Philippines, triggering deadly landslides in mountainous regions, and flooding agricultural areas.
But even with the storm gone, more monsoon rains were expected in the north of the country, and rivers were expected to continue to burst their banks.
Residents here are getting ready to evacuate.
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) RESIDENT EMILY GANIGAD SAYING:
"We have fears that the flood level will rise. We're not certain if it will, but we feel there's a risk because looking over here and over there, it seems we're surrounded by water."
This week's deluge is the latest wave of misery to hit the nation - last week, floods killed 95 people and displaced hundreds of thousands, causing more than 50 million U.S. dollars worth of damage.
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