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2 die in landslides after Philippines hit with heavy rains

ABC News   12 September 2017   Philippines   Manila  

A tropical depression dumped heavy rains in the Philippines early Tuesday, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing a landslide that killed two brothers.

Five other people remain missing after flash floods swept away a house beside a swollen river in Laguna province, disaster relief officials said.

Financial markets, government offices and schools were closed while several flights were canceled.

Disaster response official Elmer Espiritu said the brothers, aged 14 and 17, died when a landslide covered their home at the foot of a hill before dawn in Taytay town near Manila. Officials have ordered forced evacuation in risky areas after some residents refused to leave, he added.

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