Five dead, seven missing in Philippine floods

AFP News7 August 2012
Residents wade through a flooded street to reach safety in a village near Manila
Residents wade through a flooded street under heavy rain as they are evacuated from their homes in the village of Tumana, in suburban Manila on August 7, 2012. At least 15 people have been killed and seven are missing as torrential rains triggered a landslide and widespread flooding in the Philippine capital and nearby areas, officials said

At least five people were killed and seven were missing Tuesday as torrential rains triggered a landslide and widespread flooding in the Philippine capital and nearby areas, officials said.

A man was killed and six others are missing and feared dead from a landslide which buried four houses in a northern Manila slum in mid-morning, Maribel Mendoza of the local public safety office told AFP.

Rescuers at the landslide site used shovels to extract six survivors, who were rushed to a hospital, she added.

Police reported four drowning deaths in Bulacan and one missing in Bataan provinces, which like Manila were hit by floods.