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Death toll from Philippines floods rises

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 12, 2012 -- Updated 0636 GMT (1436 HKT)
Filipino students walk on a footbridge on a road that remains flooded a week after heavy monsoon rains in Taguig City, south of Manila, Philippines, August 16, 2012. A tropical storm hit the Northern Luzon, bringing days of wet weather to a region still recovering from massive flooding. According to the Office of Civil Defense, the floods have left at least 96 people dead and affected up to 2.68 million people. Filipino students walk on a footbridge on a road that remains flooded a week after heavy monsoon rains in Taguig City, south of Manila, Philippines, August 16, 2012. A tropical storm hit the Northern Luzon, bringing days of wet weather to a region still recovering from massive flooding. According to the Office of Civil Defense, the floods have left at least 96 people dead and affected up to 2.68 million people.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Flooding has affected more than 2.4 million people
  • August is the wettest month of the year in the nation
  • It could take weeks for the waters to recede in the lower-lying areas

(CNN) -- 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 and landslides associated with the week of flooding, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

Others died from electrocution or in landslides associated with the rain and floods.

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

Manila starts to clean up after floods
More rain pours down on Manila

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.

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.

What's behind major flood disasters throughout Asia?

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