18 Dec '11, 3am

Death toll from mammoth floods in the Philippines rises to 521: Red Cross

Death toll from mammoth floods in the Philippines rises to 521: Red Cross

A general view shows a village hit by flashfloods caused by typhoon Washi in Cagayan de Oro in southern Philippines. The death toll from mammoth floods unleashed in the Philippines by tropical storm Washi has climbed to nearly 500, the Red Cross said on Sunday, warning the total could climb significantly. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MANILA (AFP) - The death toll from mammoth floods unleashed in the Philippines by tropical storm Washi has climbed to 521, the Red Cross said on Sunday, warning the total could climb significantly. The devastated port cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan accounted for 434 of the deaths, Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine National Red Cross said in a statement, warning the numbers could climb further. 'The affected area is so wide and huge and I believe they have not really gone to all areas to do a search. Also... many of the houses were ...

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