PHOTOS: 40 Inches of Rain Deluges the Philippines

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
August 23, 2013; 5:04 AM ET
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The combination of Tropical Storm Trami and the seasonal monsoon has unleashed over 30 inches (750 mm) of rain in parts of the Philippines since Sunday. Thankfully, the heaviest rain is beginning to move away, but rounds of thunderstorms can still occur through the rest of the week.

Through Wednesday, local time, rainfall totaled more than 42 inches in Sangley Point, Philippines, while the capital city of Manila has reported more than 30 inches of rain causing disastrous flooding. The heavy rainfall finally ended on Thursday, allowing flood waters to begin receding.

At one point on Tuesday, 60 percent of Manila was flooded. The floodwaters began to recede late Tuesday, local time, with 20 percent of the city submerged by Tuesday evening according to an Associated Press article.

The deluge in Sangley Point that dropped 18.70 inches of rain (475 mm) over a 24-hour period (8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday) was a new record, surpassing the previous record of 14.3 inches. Sangley Point averages 18 inches during all of August.

Filipino residents push their dog on top of a container across a flooded street in Las Pinas, south of Manila, Philippines, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

As of Thursday evening, local time, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines reported at least 16 deaths from the recent unsettled weather. Also several people remain missing while more than 40 have been hospitalized with varying injuries.

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The flooding was so bad in and around Manila that the financial markets for the country were shut down. Government offices, schools, universities and many businesses were also forced to close.

A Filipino man carries his son across a flooded street as they evacuate to higher grounds in Las Pinas, south of Manila, Philippines, on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Over a half a million people have been directly affected by the flooding rainfall thus far. Many roadways remain closed due to the flooding while many flights have been canceled.

Trami will continue to weaken as it moves inland into southeast China. As the storm moves farther away from the area, the enhanced monsoon will diminish aiding in some cleanup efforts.

Unfortunately, August is typically the wettest month of the year across the northern Philippines, so additional downpours will be possible daily. Also another surge of tropical moisture this weekend into early next week will enhance the rainfall, leading to a renewed flood threat. meteorologist Dan DePodwin contributed to the content of this story.


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