Death toll from Ondoy rises to 337

Posted at 10/09/09 10:06 AM

MANILA - The death toll from tropical storm Ondoy (international codename Ketsana) has risen to 337, the civil defence office said Friday, up nearly 40 from the previous assessment.

Thirty seven people remain missing more than two weeks after the storm dumped record rain on Metro Manila, and surrounding areas, the office said.

The death toll of 337 was up from 298 given by the office on Thursday.

It said more than 287,500 people remain crammed into makeshift evacuation centres as many of their homes remain flooded or are still at risk from heavy rains that continued to fall on the northern Luzon, the office said.

Ondoy brought the worst flooding in four decades to the Philippine capital and surrounding areas.

This was compounded by Typhoon Pepeng (international codename Parma), which hit the country on Saturday and has continued to linger over the north of the Philippines, bringing in even more rain and killing more than 25 people.