Death Toll Rises in Philippine Flood

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In the Philippines, the death toll has hit 240 after massive flooding in Manila and nearby provinces.  Thirty-two people are still missing.

As of Monday, 115,000 people are in government-run emergency shelters, and welfare agencies are providing food, medicine and other assistance. 

The Philippine government is currently appealing for assistance from foreign governments.  

According to Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, foreign aid will guarantee the Philippine government can carry on with relief efforts after the massive flooding set off by Tropical Storm Ketsana.
U.S. troops are already helping in the search and rescue efforts, having donated $100,000 and deployed a military helicopter and five rubber boats. 
The storm dumped more than a month's worth of rain in just 12 hours, swamping entire towns, setting off landslides and devastating neighborhoods. 

Manila resident Jeff Aquino said that at the height of the storm Saturday, floodwaters reached the third floor of his residence.  "We thought it was the end for us," Aquino said.
CBN's Operation Blessing in Manila is conducting a medical clinic for the victims Monday.  For more on how you can assist with relief efforts, visit Operation Blessing's Web site.

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