Philippines rescues flood victims as typhoon death toll climbs to 11

Rescuers on speedboats hauled rain-soaked residents off rooftops in the Philippine countryside on Wednesday after Typhoon Melor killed at least 11 people and cut power for millions.

The typhoon, which tore in off the Pacific Ocean on Monday afternoon, caused widespread flooding across the northern and central regions and also dumped heavy rain on the sprawling capital of Manila.

Head-high floods in the central islands began to subside on Wednesday, but parts of the rice-growing north were inundated with one-metre (three-feet) deep waters as torrents from mountain provinces cascaded downstream.