Torrential rains paralyze Philippine capital

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A man crosses deep floodwaters using water containers as floaters in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital have paralyzed traffic along major roads as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools.

Incessant downpour set off by the seasonal monsoon overflowed major dams and rivers in Manila and surrounding nine provinces and put authorities on alert. The death toll from last week's Typhoon Saola, which battered Manila and the northern Philippines for several days, has steadily climbed to 51.

The head of the government's rescue agency, Benito Ramos, said there were no immediate reports of fresh casualties early Tuesday after the rains pounded already-saturated Manila for more than 24 hours.

Vehicles and even heavy trucks struggled to navigate water-clogged roads, where hundreds of thousands of commuters were stranded overnight.