The rains have exacted a dramatic cost in Manila, a metropolis of about 12 million people. About 80 percent of the city was flooded and six nearby provinces near Manila were placed under a state of calamity, according to Church-produced world disaster report. More than 80 people were killed in the disaster, with several more still reported missing.
With Church assistance, the populous island nation has begun a massive cleanup after much of Manila and neighboring provinces were inundated following two weeks of driving monsoon rains. Two Latter-day Saints reportedly died during flash floods in the Pagadian District of Mindanao in the northeastern section of the islands. All missionaries are safe and accounted for.
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