Philippines Death Toll Expected to Rise

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Dozens of mudslides and new flash floods in the northern area of the Philippines have killed more than 160 people and that number is expected to rise.

The fatalities included 120 in Benguet, Gov. Nestor Fongwan said, while 23 died in Mountain Province, according to Gov. Max Dalog. Another 25 people died in Baguio, city relief administrator Peter Fianza said.

That brings the overall death toll to more than 450 people.

About 100 landslides have struck the region since the weekend, said Rex Manuel, another relief official.

The Philippine Islands are experiencing the worst flooding it's seen in 40 years caused by back-to-back typhoons.

Nonstop rain is making rescue efforts difficult.

"There was really heavy rain, so water had to be released from the dam, otherwise it would have been more dangerous," said the government's chief forecaster Nathaniel Cruz. "Even our office was flooded and our staff had to move to the rooftop. It's near the river that they were monitoring."

The government's disaster relief agency said it had requested that the U.S. Embassy redeploy hundreds of American troops from the massive cleanup in and around the capital, Manila, to the flood-hit areas in the north.

Two U.S. Navy ships were positioning in the Lingayen Gulf in Pangasinan to provide helicopters and rubber boats for the rescue mission in the province, said U.S. Marine Capt. Jorge Escatell

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