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Floods in Philippines could last a month: official
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Manila (AFP) Oct 8, 2011

Massive flooding in the Philippines brought about by back-to-back typhoons could last for a month even as the storms' death toll reached 95, the civil defence chief said on Saturday.

Waist-deep floods left behind by typhoons Nesat and Nalgae were being made worse by continued rain on the coastal areas north of Manila, said National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chief Benito Ramos.

"This flooding is the effect of Nesat and Nalgae. It is still raining here so we expect at least two more weeks before (the floods) will subside, assuming it will stop raining soon," said Ramos as he inspected the flooded areas.

"If it continues to rain, it will take one month for the waters to subside," he told AFP.

More than 586,000 people were still displaced by the floods, forced from their homes by the rising waters or unsafe conditions, the disaster council said.

Nesat slammed into the northern part of the Philippines on September 27, followed by Nalgae just five days later, bringing storm surges, flash floods and landslides.

The combined death toll from the two storms rose to 95 with another 34 still listed as missing, many of them washed away by floodwaters or killed during the typhoons by strong winds toppling walls and trees.

Although the storms have passed, a low pressure area has been hovering over the country, causing rain to fall on areas already inundated by the two typhoons, the government weather station said.

The head of the disaster council's reporting division, Emilia Tadeo said that relief goods were being rushed to the coastal areas despite the obstacles created by the floods.

"They are completely cut off, accessible by small boats and large trucks," she told AFP.

Damage estimates from the two storms was estimated at about 14 billion pesos ($322 million) but Tadeo said the figure was certain to rise as local officials got a more complete picture of the devastation in their areas.

"Every day, our damage figures go up. We are still awaiting damage assessment reports from other regions," she said.

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Over 100 dead after Philippine typhoons
Manila (AFP) Oct 9, 2011 - Philippine authorities said Sunday the death toll from two typhoons that pummelled the country two weeks ago had reached 101, with tens of thousands of people still displaced by massive flooding.

Typhoon Nesat, which struck the main island of Luzon's low-lying agricultural plains, left 82 dead in its wake, while Typhoon Nalgae -- which hit five days later -- killed 19, the Office of Civil Defence said.

Most of those killed fell victim to floods that swept through Luzon's farming towns, while the remainder were either electrocuted by fallen power lines or crushed by debris and landslides.

Twenty-seven remain missing, raising the prospect that the death toll could still rise.

More than 67,000 people remain in evacuation centres across more than 40 provinces in Luzon, most of them in low-lying agricultural areas where rivers and tributaries overflowed with heavy rains.

Social work secretary Corazon Soliman said those displaced were being served in 78 evacuation centres, although tens of thousands more still needed help after deciding to return home to houses still immersed in waist-deep water.

"Affected families are now going home to start anew. Consequently, we are now preparing for their rehabilitation on top of the relief assistance being provided to those still in evacuation centres," Soliman said in a statement.

Officials estimated Saturday that waist-deep floods in several Luzon towns would likely persist for one more month, with an area of low pressure hovering over the country continuing to bring rain.


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