Deadly Typhoon Submerges Manila Neighborhoods

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A powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines submerged entire neighborhoods in Manila as soldiers and police worked to evacuate people from massively flooded streets in low-lying areas.

At least seven people have died, including a 1-year-old child who drowned and a mother and child who were killed by a falling tree. Four others were killed when a wall collapsed.

The typhoon's incessant downpour in areas already saturated by monsoon rains brought the worst flooding in decades to Manila.

"Land is saturated with rain so the next rain became run-off and was already floodwater," a forecaster told The Associated Press.

Typhoon Nesat made landfall before dawn on Tuesday in the eastern provinces. It moved inland slightly north of Manila, where residents waded through waist-deep water as waves crashed over the seawall, swamping vehicles and turning a major highway into a muddy river.

Patients on the flooded ground floor of Manila Hospital were moved. Floodwaters took out the building's generators, leaving the hospital without power since early Tuesday morning.

The typhoon spawned a tornado in one town that tore roofs from at least five houses. 

Forecasters said to expect 12-foot-high waves as the typhoon moves across the Philippines and heads toward the South China Sea late Wednesday and on to southern China early Thursday.

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