Flooding claims 85

2012-08-12 08:55

Manila - The death toll in floods that struck the Philippine capital and surrounding provinces reached 85 with eight people still missing, the government's disaster response agency said on Sunday.

Sixty-two victims drowned, 12 were killed in landslides and the rest died from electrocution, heart attack, lightning strikes or being hit by falling trees, the Office of Civil Defence said.

More than 760 000 people were displaced by the floods caused by days of heavy rains, with 430 125 in evacuation centres in Manila and 16 provinces in the northern region of Luzon, the agency said.

Three million people were affected by the worst flooding since 2009 when tropical storm Ketsana left 501 dead and missing in Manila and surrounding provinces.

The floods damaged 8 428 houses and caused damage to infrastructure and agriculture worth 604.62 million pesos ($14.57m), the civil defence office said.

Damage to health facilities in Manila accounted for more than half of the total, it said.

The weather bureau said Manila and northern provinces would have good weather for the next couple of days, but a low pressure area would bring rains to eastern and central provinces.