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The worst flooding to hit the Philippines in 3 years has left much of the capital city Manila underwater.

At least 19 people have died (9 family members in a single landslide in Quezon City) and a total of 1.2 residents of metro Manila were affected by the monsoon rains.

After 12 days of rain, sun was forecast for Thursday with cleanup and rescue efforts underway as of Wednesday.

From the Associated Press:

Manila was drenched with more than half of a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours. A storm off eastern China that intensified the southwest monsoon moved away and the weather started improving Wednesday, according to government forecaster Glaiza Escullar.

For more on the floods in Manila see the following video reports from ITN News and Al Jazeera English.