Tropical Storm Ketsana Death Toll Rises to 140

MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 28 (UPI) — The death toll in the Philippines from Tropical Storm Ketsana rose to 140 as forecasters warily eyed another Pacific tropical depression, officials said.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council said that as of mid-Monday, at least 140 people had died, CNN reported.

One of the worst hit areas was Pasig City, a Manila suburb, where the floodwaters were yet to recede despite some sunshine in the morning, The New York Times said. City homes were hit by heavily silted flooding from the polluted Pasig River.

Weather bureau officials said the tropical storm had unleashed the heaviest rains on Manila in nearly half a century and set a one-day record for rainfall amounts Saturday with more than 13 inches.

Officials told CNN that if more rain hits the Philippines, it could trigger reservoir failures. Some 435,000 people have seen their homes destroyed in Manila and other provinces in the northern Philippines, with about 100,000 of them in evacuation centers.

The storm, which has intensified into a typhoon, was moving westward Monday and is expected to make landfall near Hue in central Vietnam.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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