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Millions troop to cemeteries

Tens of thousands have endured the heat, the threatening dark clouds, and the jampacked streets in and outside of the Manila North Cemetery in Sta. Cruz, Manila and Manila South Cemetery in Makati yesterday to visit the graves of their departed loved ones.

As of 2 p.m. yesterday, the Manila Police District (MPD) crowd estimate at the Manila North Cemetery has reached 1.6 million.

Authorities will be on full alert until today. Police said around 2 million people are expected to visit the graves this year in Manila North and some 500,000 are expected to flock in the Manila South Cemetery.

The Philippine Red Cross, and the Philippine National Police have installed help desks and first aid stations inside the cemeteries. (Argyll Geducos)