Death toll rises after Philippines flooding

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The Independent Online

Philippine officials said the number of dead or missing from Tropical Storm Ketsana climbed to at least 72 people.

The storm set off the worst flooding in the Philippine capital Manila and nearby provinces in more than 42 years.

Defence Secretary Gilbert Teodoro said today that army troops, police and civilian volunteers rescued more than 4,000 people - many of them nervously clinging to each other on roofs and on top of a passenger bus - as they were drenched by the storm the day before.

The massive rescue was to intensify as the weather began to clear and floodwaters began to recede today.

Ketsana roared across the northern Philippines near Manila yesterday, then began to blow away toward the South China Sea.