Philippines Flooding: 60 Dead as Tropical Storm Kestana Hits
The Philippines has experienced some major flooding today and 40 people are announced as dead as Tropical Storm Kestana hit the northern area of the country. Manila and about two dozen provinces in the Luzon region are under emergency as roads have been submerged and about two thousand people have been forced to leave their homes.
Some other news stations are reporting less dead however.
National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) chair Gilberto Teodoro made the announcement at a disaster-relief briefing here in Manila as the state weather bureau reported tropical storm Ketsana triggered epic rainfall in six hours ended 2 p.m. Saturday, breaking the 1967-record of 334 millimeters in a 24-hour period.
In Metro Manila, 33 villages have been flooded and 37 areas of roads had to be closed due to flooding; some areas are waist deep.
About 1,800 people are stranded in ports and airports as transportation has been canceled. The water has also caused power cuts and has delayed the start of the 15th Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship.
Tropical Storm Kestana hit land Saturday afternoon local time and has winds up to 85 kilometers per hour.
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