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Philippines capital inundated with floodwater

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Reuters

The Philippines is struggling to deal with an onslaught of flooding that has swamped parts of the capital.

Twelve days of monsoon rains in Manila have left more than 530,000 people fleeing their homes in search of shelter.

At least 19 people have lost their lives.

While rescuers are working around the clock, a lack of resources has left the operation stretched.

The government has pledged to find a solution to the chronic flooding - but meanwhile evacuees are piling up.

Public schools, basketball courts and churches have been converted into temporary shelters.

North of the capital, Pampanga province is in a state of emergency, with 11 towns submerged.

Residents have been moving around on makeshift rafts, attempting to save belongings.

SOUNDBITE: TRANSPORT WORKER EDUARDO ORTEGA SAYING (Filipino):

"We cannot eat if I do not work. We no longer have money to buy food. We have not received any relief goods from the government either."

Skies have cleared in Manila and rainfall alerts have been lowered.

But weather forecasters have warned of landslides and flash floods as the monsoon season continues.