• The deluge, the worst since 2009 when hundreds died in rampaging flash floods, was set off by the seasonal monsoon that overflowed major dams and rivers in Manila and surrounding provinces.

    A man clings on to the pole of a basketball court as he tries to cross flooded area in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed several people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.
    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 3:16 AM EDT
  • PSLV C-17 satellite takes off during its launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Srihakota, India, Friday, July 15, 2011. The Indian Space Research Organisation Friday successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C-17), carrying to space GSAT-12, a communication satellite, according to news reports.

    A rocket will blast off from the southeastern coast of India, dropping the satellite into deep space, which will then travel onto Mars to achieve orbit.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 20, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT