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Thousands flee rising floods as more rains expected

Residents take shelter at a covered basketball court after their homes were destroyed by floods that was brought by monsoon rains in San Mateo, Rizal. Erik de Castro, Reuters
MANILA – Rising floodwaters chased thousands to evacuation centers on Saturday as more monsoon rains threatened Luzon and Western Visayas until next week.
Some 3,300 people were to spend the night on straw mats in eight evacuation centers in Bagong Silangan village in Quezon City. Dozens others fled to covered courts in San Mateo town in Rizal province.
Authorities warned of flooding in the capital and surrounding suburbs after several days of heavy rains pushed the La Mesa Dam close to overflow level. All eight floodgates at the Marikina river were also opened.
In neighboring Bulacan province, residents of Calumpit and Hagonoy towns were alerted for possible evacuation after the Ipo Dam opened at least one gate.

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