AP PHOTOS: Torrential rains deluge Manila

By the Associated Press | August 8, 2012 | 3:39 PM EDT

This photo released by the Department of National Defense Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, shows flooded areas in Bulacan province, northern Philippines. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Department of National Defense)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — People struggling to walk in streets through water often up to their chests. Rescuers in rubber boats frantically trying to reach distressed residents of submerged villages. Churches turned into temporary refuges.

Massive flooding has turned much of the Philippine capital into what one top government official called a "water world," a deluge that has killed at least 23 people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee.

Here are images of some of the worst flooding in the area since 2009, when hundreds were killed in non-stop monsoon rains and flash floods.