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Philippines death toll rises to over 200

The number without homes is over 300,000

 Residents travel on flooded streets in suburban Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009. Rescuers pulled more bodies from swolle...
 Two young men corrugated sheet on a bicycle in the mud Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 in suburban Quezon City north of Manila, Philippines. Rescuers pulled ...
 Filipinos negotiate a flooded community in suburban Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009. Rescuers pulled more bodies from sw...
 In this photo released by the Philippine Air Force, an air force crewman drops relief supplies to flooding victims at San Mateo township, Rizal provi...
 In this photo released by the Philippine Air Force, an air force crewman drops relief supplies to flooding victims at San Mateo township, Rizal provi...

Philippines Flooding

Residents travel on flooded streets in suburban Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009. Rescuers pulled more bodies from swolle...

Philippines Flooding

Two young men corrugated sheet on a bicycle in the mud Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 in suburban Quezon City north of Manila, Philippines. Rescuers pulled ...

Philippines Flooding

Filipinos negotiate a flooded community in suburban Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009. Rescuers pulled more bodies from sw...

Philippines Flooding

In this photo released by the Philippine Air Force, an air force crewman drops relief supplies to flooding victims at San Mateo township, Rizal provi...

Philippines Flooding

In this photo released by the Philippine Air Force, an air force crewman drops relief supplies to flooding victims at San Mateo township, Rizal provi...

Hundreds of thousands of exhausted Philippine flood survivors crammed into schools, gymnasiums, churches and other makeshift shelters on Tuesday as the death toll from the weekend disaster soared to 246.
Three days after a once-in-a-generation storm pounded Manila and surrounding regions, officials said they were unable to cope with the enormous number of flood victims who were continuing to pour into the evacuation centers.
"More people are coming in by the hour ... We don't know how long we will be able to sustain this," said Joe Ferrer, a local government official in charge of a shelter on a basketball court on the outskirts of the Manila area.
"We need clothing, food supplies, food rations and medicine."
Already 3,000 people from the depressed San Andres neighborhood were at the basketball court, and flood survivors said they were tired and hungry. There was a single toilet for all of them.
The government said 320,000 survivors of the devastating rains unleashed by tropical storm Ketsana on Saturday were sheltering in hundreds of centers, while nearly 250,000 others were receiving some form of aid elsewhere.
President Gloria Arroyo described the floods as a "once-in-a-lifetime" event, and in an extraordinary move opened the Malacanang presidential palace to flood survivors.
After word of the offer spread, hundreds of people converged on the palace and received plastic bags filled with noodles and canned sardines.
"We just heard it in the news that they are giving relief goods at the palace so we walked for one hour," said street sweeper Rosette Serrano, 31, who lost everything except her clothes when her house was submerged on Saturday.
However, officials said people would not be allowed to stay inside the presidential compound and shelter there unless they were first vetted by aid organizations.
"We cannot just allow every evacuee in because of logistical and security problems," Wilfredo Oca, an aide to Arroyo, told AFP.
The death toll jumped significantly after authorities finally started to record those killed in Manila, and not just the neighboring regions.
The latest death toll of 246 was over 100 more than Monday's assessment.
The government said 101 people had been confirmed killed in the capital, up from seven on Monday.
defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, who is leading the relief effort, said he did not expect another similar spike in the death toll.
A more comprehensive assessment of the economic damage was also formed on Tuesday with the government saying the storm could shave 0.1 percentage points from gross domestic product growth this year.
The forecast range may fall from 0.8-1.8 percent to 0.7-1.7 percent, although the government said it was hoping extra funds from Filipinos working overseas may offset the storm's economic impact.
After admitting it could not cope on its own, the government on Monday appealed to the international community for help.
And by yesterday tons of food aid as well as foreign experts were on their way to the Philippines.


Updated : 2021-10-23 10:52 GMT+08:00