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Thousands of people fled their homes Saturday as overnight rains brought by tropical storm "Ondoy" caused flooding in wide areas of metropolitan Manila and other provinces of the northern Philippines.
Swollen creeks forced many residents in some communities on to the roofs of their homes and they were calling for help to evacuate, according to local radio reports.
Television news footage showed one flooded road in suburban Quezon City appearing like a raging river. The storm intensified the seasonal monsoon, drenching much of the main island of Luzon where Manila is located, weathermen said.
Most-affected by floods were low-lying areas of the national capital and parts of nearby Rizal province, where at least four children were reported to have been swept away by a swollen creek.
The National Disaster Coordinating Center (NDCC) office for the Southern Tagalog Region said the still unidentified victims were from barangay San Jose in Antipolo City.
A 49-year-old man named Eyo Cadang died of cardiac arrest at about 11 a.m. as floods began to inundate his home in Paete town of Laguna province.