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Rain is forecast for a fifth day in a row

The death toll jumps to 60

A recent tropical storm exacerbated the usual monsoon rains

The rains have also caused heavy flooding

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The death toll from floods in the Philippines soared to 85, authorities said Sunday, following days of torrential rainfall that has affected more than 2 million people.

Most of the deaths were from drowning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. Others died from electrocution or in landslides associated with the rain and floods.

While it is the summer monsoon season in the Philippines, the rain and flooding were exacerbated by recent Tropical Storm Haikui, the Philippines weather service said. Haikui made landfall on the east coast of China early Wednesday.

The disaster council forecast rain over most parts of Luzon, home to the country’s capital of Manila, on Friday. Rain in north and central Luzon may trigger flash floods and landslides, it said.

Floods have affected more than 2.4 million people in 144 municipalities so far, officials said.

August is generally the wettest month of the year, and days of rain drenched have drenched the area.

It could take weeks for waters to recede in the lower-lying areas, forecasters said.

This is an area that frequently suffers from serious flooding and was one of the hardest hit during the historic flooding that came with Tropical Storm Ketsana (local name Ondoy) in 2009, Ramos said.

Heavy rains and winds have lashed the Philippines in recent weeks after Tropical Storm Saola plowed past it before hitting Taiwan and China recently. Flood waters have inundated various areas, including Manila and nearby provinces.

In December, Tropical Storm Washi left more than 1,200 people dead after it set off flash floods that swept away entire villages in the southern Philippines.

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