19 Oct 2009

Two-storm toll still climbing

8:30 pm on 19 October 2009

The death toll from two devastating storms that struck the Philippines over the past month has risen to 858, with ensuing disease outbreaks confirmed as having killed 89 others.

Some areas are still flooded three weeks later and 189,000 people remain in evacuation centres.

The government says tropical storm Ketsana and typhoon Parma, which followed it, affected more than eight million people.

And another typhoon is threatening more devastation for the area.

With typhoon Lupit forecast to start bringing bad weather to the northern Philippines by Wednesday, civil defence officials have put rescue teams on standby and stockpiled relief goods.