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Several Asian countries suffer heavy rain

08-03-2011 14:29 BJT

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Heavy rain is continuing across many parts of Asia, bringing increasing damage and destruction. With the typhoon moving north across South Korea, there appears to be no end in sight.

More rain forecast for S.Korea

The rain has been slowly easing in southern parts of South Korea, moving slowly northwards towards central regions. Heavier rain is forecast for the capital, Seoul, and other central areas on Wednesday night. As typhoon Meihua moves north along China's eastern coastline, South Korea is expected to be hit by even greater flooding from Saturday.

Rising floodwater in Thailand

The flooded area around the Thai province of Phrae is expanding, as the Yom River continues to rise. It's led to the closure of many of the region's main roads.

A local resident said, "We can't use the road. I had to get several days off work. Many schools are also flooded, and have had to be closed."

The water in some houses is already 3 meters deep, and many have had to abandon their homes. One 60 year old man is reported to have been drowned, while out fishing.

Government closures in Philippines

Waters are running waist deep around the Philippine capital Manila. A night of monsoon rains have closed schools and government offices.

A nursing student of Manila said, "Authorities should have told us there were no classes earlier. It was only when I went to hospital that they announced classes were suspended. I was already wet."

About 780 people living near the Marikina river were evacuated, although no causalities are reported. In downtown Manila, one elderly woman drowned after being swept into a swollen creek.

Dozens have been killed across the Philippines in recent two weeks.

Massive traffic jams are slowing down transport in many sections of the capital. Weather forecasters expect more rain over the coming two days.



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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