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Sep 28, 2009 8:53 AM by Jamie Smith

Philippines storm death toll soars

Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippine island nation over the weekend and has affected about half a million people. Officials say Ketsana swamped entire towns, overturned vehicles and set off landslides.

Hundreds of Philippine soldiers, joined by the US military, are delivering supplies to thousands of people affected by the floods. The death toll from the typhoon stands at 140 and 32 people are still missing. Almost 8000 people have been rescued from flood-hit areas around the capital.

Ketsana brought the heaviest rainfall in the country in 40 years. About 16 inches rain fell in 24 hours on Saturday, that's twice the  amount of rain hurricane Katrina dropped in 2005.

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