Torrential rain has paralysed parts of the Philippine capital, with 51 people reported dead and tens of thousands forced to flee their homes. Schools, offices and the stock exchange have all been closed down.

Rescuers can be seen helping hundreds of trapped residents. The water was up to waist and neck levels in some areas.

This National Police Rescuer surrounded by stranded women and children explained how difficult the rescue task is.

"As of now, it's difficult to rescue the trapped residents, as we are battling strong currents with our life crafts."

People wait for rescue perched on roofs. Casualties have been reported, with a number of people buried in a landslide in Manila and reports of other deaths elsewhere. A woman who lived near a creek said how the flood had affected her.

"I got separated from my son when we tried to flee our home beside the creek."

The national disaster agency said nearly 270,000 people had fled their homes and damage to crops and infrastructure were estimated at $8.12 million in week-long rains caused by Typhoon Saola. There is more bad news for the beleaguered country as the weather authorities say more rains will hit northern and central Philippines in the coming 24 hours, warning of flash floods and landslides.

Written and Presented by Ann Salter