Philippine floods toll 652 dead with 808 missing

The death toll from mammoth floods unleashed in the southern Philippines by tropical storm Washi has climbed to 652 with 808 others missing.

Updated: Dec 18, 2011, 19:42 PM IST

Manilla: The death toll from mammoth floods
unleashed in the southern Philippines by tropical storm Washi
has climbed to 652 with 808 others missing, the Red Cross said
Sunday.

The devastated port cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan
in Mindanao island accounted for most of the deaths, the
agency said.

The head of the government`s disaster response agency,
Benito Ramos, said their own count stood at 516 deaths and 274
missing. But he conceded that the death toll would likely go
higher.

Bureau Report