The death toll in the northern Philippines typhoon disaster has risen to at least 215, according to the country's National Disaster Coordinating Centre.
The death toll in the northern Philippines typhoon disaster has risen to at least 215, according to the country's National Disaster Coordinating Centre. but water levels were receding on Wednesday (26 May) and were expected to be back to normal soon after that.
The record floods came in the wake of Typhoon Olga which struck on 22 May. A massive rescue operation has been launched for the thousands of people still marooned by the water.
Many of the victims died from exposure while waiting to be rescued. Twelve people are still missing from a Navy aircraft that disappeared south of the capital, Manila, at the height of the storm.
The Philippines Social Welfare Department has said that more than 808,000 people have been affected by the floods and an estimated 10,000 homes have been damaged. In the central Luzon Island area, damage has been put at more than 500 million pesos (about 38 million sterling).
The country's President, Ferdinand Marcos, has declared the whole of Luzon a disaster region. He has called for a five per cent cut in the budgets of all Government departments to help pay for reconstruction.