Assistance for Philippines following monsoon rains, flooding

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.

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.

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