Thousands to help clean up Manila flood debris

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 11 at 4:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials will mobilize thousands to clean up the Philippine capital in the wake of torrential monsoon rains and flooding as evacuees return to clear mud and debris that swamped their homes.

Civil defense chief Benito Ramos said Saturday that police, soldiers, coast guard personnel and military reservists will be used to help Manila recover from its worst flooding since 2009. Hundreds of volunteers who helped in rescue and relief work in the early days of the floods will also help in the cleanup.

The Office of Civil Defense says the floods left at least 66 people dead and affected up to 2.8 million people in Manila and nearby provinces, with more than 440,000 fleeing to evacuation centers.

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