Philippine flood deaths climb to 66; many still in evacuation camps
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine authorities rushed to bring food and other emergency provisions on Saturday to more than two million people affected by widespread flooding, as the death toll rose to 66, an official said.
The flooding that submerged 80 per cent of Manila early in the week has largely subsided, allowing people to return to their homes, but low-lying farming regions to the north remained under water.
Civil defence chief Benito Ramos told AFP the huge displaced population, including 441,000 people crammed in crowded evacuation camps, would need to be fed and taken care of for at least another seven days.
"The government has a month's worth of relief goods if necessary. We have substantial emergency supplies," Mr Ramos said.