Friday, August 10, 2012

No respite from rain, floods in Philippines

(CNN) -- The death toll from five days of heavy rains and floods in the Philippines jumped to 60 on Friday, disaster officials said, with the forecast calling for even more showers across the main island of Luzon.

Most of the deaths were from drowning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. Others died from electrocution or in landslides associated with the rain and floods.

While it is the summer monsoon season in the Philippines, the rain and flooding were exacerbated by recent Tropical Storm Haikui, the Philippines weather service said. Haikui made landfall on the east coast of China early Wednesday.

The disaster council forecast rain over most parts of Luzon, home to the country's capital of Manila, on Friday. Rain in north and central Luzon may trigger flash floods and landslides, it said. Read More