20 killed, 44 injured after truck rear-ends bus in Philippines, causing several crashes

(Bullit Marquez/ Associated Press ) – Workers sift through the wreckage of a passenger bus after getting involved in a seven-vehicle pile up along the highway at Atimonan township, Quezon province, about 115 kilometers (72 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines Saturday Oct. 19, 2013. A truck, seen in the background, carrying hog feed smashed into the rear of a passenger bus on a remote downhill provincial road in the Philippines early Saturday, setting off a series of wrecks that left at least 20 people dead and injured 44 others, police said. The bus driver lost control of his vehicle after the first collision and hit two buses and four vans coming from the opposite direction before toppling over on the narrow downhill road in Quezon province, police chief Jonar Yupio said.

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7 dead as heavy rains pummel flooded Philippines

Commuters make their way through a flooded street in the suburbs of Manila on August 20, 2013 (AFP, Jay Directo)

By Jason Gutierrez (AFP) – 20 August 2013

MANILA — Flood-battered residents of the Philippine capital fled their homes or sat on rooftops Tuesday as relentless monsoon rains, which have killed seven people, submerged more than half of Manila.

Map locating the Philippines capital where torrential rains have caused havoc for a second day (AFP/Graphics)

Streets turned into rivers with water above two-metres (seven feet) in some parts of the megacity of 12 million people, displacing more than 130,000 people and forcing countless others to wait out the storm in or on their flooded homes.

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