Saturday, August 7, 1999 Published at 11:43 GMT 12:43 UK
Korea escapes typhoon
Hundreds of soldiers have been ordered to assist the clean up
As much of South-East Asia braces itself for more heavy rain, forecasters in South Korea have lifted a weekend typhoon warning.
"Paul ended its life as a typhoon after it degenerated into a tropical depression some 150km (95 miles) south of Seoguipo [on the southern island of Cheju]," the meteorological office said.
It now seems that it may miss the peninsula entirely causing many Koreans to breathe a sigh of relief. Cheju however is still expected to receive heavy rains over the weekend and the main port on the island remains closed.
It is thought Paul could now hit China, which has also suffered from severe flooding.
As Koreans begin to clear up after the floods, they are being warned of the danger posed by landmines and other explosives dislodged by floodwaters from the heavily-fortified border zone between North and South Korea.
The South and its ally, the US, are thought to have placed about one million landmines and anti-tank explosives along the border.
Artillery shells and more than 7,000 other pieces of ammunition have been swept away defence ministry officials say.
Rescue teams digging through a housing estate that collapsed on Tuesday just outside the capital, Manila, say they have all but given up hope of finding any more survivors.
On Saturday five more bodies were recovered but no other survivors, apart from a dog, have been pulled from the wreckage.
More than half of the 500 houses in the Cherry Hills housing estate were destroyed in the landslide.
As rescue workers continue to sift through the rubble, survivors have been telling of their close escape from danger.
She said the movements had jammed the doors of some homes forcing residents to cut through metal window grills to escape.
"When I got out of the house I grabbed my child and had not even taken five steps before my house collapsed behind me," Mr Horta said. "The ground under me heaved and lifted us up ... It was like a dream."
Meanwhile, in Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered emergency stockpiles of rice and medicine to be prepared in case the already swollen Mekong river bursts its banks.
Officials say four children have were killed in flash flood on Friday and many villagers have been forced onto the roofs of their homes to escape the rising waters.