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4 dead, 6 missing in floods and landslides in Philippines

A resident wades through a flooded street as he returns to his home in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to Tropical Depression Maring. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A resident wades through a flooded street as he returns to his home in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to Tropical Depression Maring. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A resident swims beside a swollen creek as floodwaters continue to rise due to Tropical Depression Maring in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to Tropical Depression Maring. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A resident swims beside a swollen creek as floodwaters continue to rise due to Tropical Depression Maring in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to Tropical Depression Maring. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipinos ride a boat as they cross a flooded street in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to Tropical Depression Maring. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipinos ride a boat as they cross a flooded street in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to Tropical Depression Maring. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A man pedals his bicycle along a flooded street in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to tropical depresion
A man pedals his bicycle along a flooded street in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to tropical depresion "Maring". (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A resident uses a makeshift floater as he crosses a flooded street in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to Tropical Depresion
A resident uses a makeshift floater as he crosses a flooded street in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Classes in schools and work in government offices have been suspended in the capital and nearby provinces as heavy rains pour causing floods in low-lying areas due to Tropical Depresion "Maring". (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Enterprising residents use an improvised raft which is made of used plastic bottles to ferry commuters through a flooded street after overnight rains brought about by tropical depression Maring, inundated low-lying areas Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Bacoor township, Cavite province south of Manila, Philippines. A tropical depression has dumped heavy rains in the Philippines, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing a landslide.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Enterprising residents use an improvised raft which is made of used plastic bottles to ferry commuters through a flooded street after overnight rains brought about by tropical depression Maring, inundated low-lying areas Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Bacoor township, Cavite province south of Manila, Philippines. A tropical depression has dumped heavy rains in the Philippines, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing a landslide. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Residents wade through a flood road as they go on their daily business after overnight rains brought about by Tropical Depression Maring inundated low-lying areas Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Bacoor township, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines. Maring is expected to make a landfall Tuesday in northeastern Philippines prompting authorities to suspend classes and some government offices to close in affected areas, including metropolitan Manila. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Residents wade through a flood road as they go on their daily business after overnight rains brought about by Tropical Depression Maring inundated low-lying areas Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Bacoor township, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines. Maring is expected to make a landfall Tuesday in northeastern Philippines prompting authorities to suspend classes and some government offices to close in affected areas, including metropolitan Manila. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
CORRECTS NAM OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION - Enterprising residents transport commuters through a flooded street after overnight rains brought about by tropical depression
CORRECTS NAM OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION - Enterprising residents transport commuters through a flooded street after overnight rains brought about by tropical depression "Maring", inundated low-lying areas Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Bacoor township, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines. A tropical depression has dumped heavy rains in the Philippines, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing a landslide. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 05:23 am

MANILA, Philippines A tropical depression dumped heavy rain on the Philippines on Tuesday, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing landslides and flash floods that killed at least four people.

Six others were missing, including five residents of Laguna province, where floods swept away a house next to a swollen river, disaster relief officials said. The other missing person was reported in nearby Cavite province, where several areas were submerged.

Financial markets, government offices and schools were closed and at least 21 flights were canceled or diverted.

The weather bureau said Tropical Depression Maring made landfall in eastern Quezon province Tuesday morning and was moving northwest with winds of 60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour. It warned that continued moderate to heavy rain in Manila and nearby provinces along the storm's path could trigger more floods and landslides.

Disaster response official Elmer Espiritu said two brothers aged 14 and 17 died when a landslide covered their home at the foot of a hill before dawn in Taytay town near Manila. Officials ordered mandatory evacuations in risky areas after some residents refused to leave, he added.

In Quezon province, a 2-month-old girl was killed and seven others were injured when a concrete wall around a hospital collapsed on three houses in Lucena city after heavy rain soaked the soil at the wall's base, officials said.

Police also reported that a 12-year-old girl drowned in metropolitan Manila's Pasay city while bathing in a river during the heavy downpour.

Twenty-two passengers on a bus stranded in floodwaters were rescued in Quezon province, officials said.

A stronger storm, Talim, was located 865 kilometers (537 miles) east of the Philippines' northern tip and was moving toward Taiwan and eastern China.

Talim was due to make landfall on Taiwan late Wednesday and officials there were especially concerned about mudslides in mountainous parts of the island. Taiwan's government was contacting the heads of mountain villages, arranging free evacuations to shelters, and monitoring rivers and mudslide-prone areas.

Talim was expected to hit China's southeastern coast either Thursday or Friday, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported. Coastal Zhejiang province ordered local governments and emergency services to prepare for the storm and possible flooding, China National Radio said.

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Associated Press writer Tim Sullivan in Beijing contributed to this report.

      

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