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In submerged Manila, Filipinos form digital rescue squads

BANGKOK, Thailand — Wet, weary and eight months pregnant, Joann Fernandez feared another night inside her submerged home in flooded outer Manila. “After dark, I would just sit up with my two kids and cried,” Fernandez said. The 33-year-old is among the more than 800,000 displaced by torrential typhoon rains that, according to the Philippine government, have plunged more than half of the city and its environs underwater. As many as 50 people have died in the last two weeks of heavy rains, according to reports.
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