A picture showing the devastation caused by Typhoon Doksuri in the Philippines. EFE/FILE/Francis R. Malasig

Flood fails to stop wedding in the Philippines

Manila, Aug 1 (EFE).- Heavy flooding caused by Typhoon Doksuri caused havoc in several parts of the Philippines last week but failed to play spoilsport at a wedding in the north of the archipelago.

The ceremony was held in ankle-deep waters inside a church and with the train of the bride’s wedding dress veil floating over the stagnant waters.

A video posted on social media showed the bride and groom wading through the water to the altar with a bridesmaid in the historic Barasoain church in Malolos, 45 kilometers north of Manila.

The guests, dressed for the occasion, witnessed the ceremony or filmed it on their mobiles like under normal circumstances, although some wore rubber flip-flops instead of footwear due to the floodwater.

Reaching the altar put the bride and the groom on dry land, where the former needed help with her soaked train, while the other guests observed impassively from the benches inside the church.

Typhoon Doksuri, called Egay in the Philippines, left much destruction in the island of Luzon, where so far there are 25 dead, 20 missing and 52 injured, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC).

Almost 2.4 million people have been affected and 312,000 have been forcibly displaced from their homes, said NDRRMC . EFE