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Heavy Rains Batter Manila for Second Day

Heavy monsoon rains are pounding the Philippine capital Manila and surrounding areas for a second straight day, flooding streets and shutting down financial markets and government offices Tuesday.

Philippine officials say at least three people have been killed and four others are missing because of the seasonal rains, which are being worsened by Tropical Storm Trami.

Waist-deep water filled much of the capital, making roads impassable and forcing residents to higher ground. Thousands have filled government evacuation centers.

All government workers except those involved in disaster response have been told to stay home. The Philippine Stock Exchange is also closed for a second day.

Forecasters say the rain, which has fallen at a rate of up to three centimeters per hour, will continue through most of Tuesday, before heading toward Taiwan.

The archipelago country, particularly the low-lying capital, is one of the most flood-prone countries in the world. It is hit by about 20 major storms each year.

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