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Philippines flooding kills hundreds

The Philippines has appealed for international help after flooding destroyed power and roads infrastructure and killed at least 240 people.

The devastation was caused by tropical storm Ketsana which has left huge swathes of the population without drinking water, food and power.

At least 99 people are reported to have died in the provinces of Manlila and Rixal, the country’s Defence Secretary Gilbert Teodoro said.

The extent of devastation became clearer yesterday as TV networks broadcast images of mud-covered communities, cars overturned on city streets and huge numbers of villagers without drinking water, food and power.

More than 450,000 people have been affected by the storm, including some 115,000 brought to about 200 schools, churches and other evacuation shelters, officials said.

Troops, police and volunteers have rescued more than 7,900 people so far.

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