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Death toll from "Ondoy" (Ketsana) reaches to 240 in Philippines

2009-09-29 01:57:58 GMT2009-09-29 09:57:58 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Residents retrieve their soiled belongings from their house swamped by flash floods brought on by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in a middle class residential neighbourhood in Marikina city east of Manila Sept. 28, 2009. The Philippines appealed for international aid to help tens of thousands marooned by flashfloods, and apologised for the delays in rescue efforts to avoid potential political fallout from the crisis.(Reuters Photo)

A man takes a break from cleaning a house swamped by flash floods brought on by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in a middle class residential neighbourhood in Marikina city east of Manila Sept. 28, 2009.(Reuters Photo)

Debris of a house, destroyed after a landslide brought on by the continuous rains of Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, is seen in Arayat town, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Sept. 28, 2009.(Reuters Photo)

A man attempts to remove mud from a road amid debris in a middle class residential neighbourhood swamped by flash floods brought by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, in Marikina city east of Manila Sept. 28, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

MANILA, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government on Tuesday morning confirmed a total of 240 people were dead and nearly 40 people were still missing following devastating floods and landslides in Luzon caused by tropical storm "Ondoy" (international code name: "Ketsana").

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said that as of 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, it has accounted for 240 dead people with 101 of the fatalities coming from Metro Manila and 88 in Rizal province.

The NDCC said 37 people still remain missing due to flash floods and landslides that hit the country's capital and most of Luzon on Saturday.

It also said the number of people affected by the "Ondoy" has climbed to 1.87 million.

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