AP PHOTOS: Torrential rains deluge Manila

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.