Via ABS-CBN News: 62 dead, 2.4 million affected by habagat rains, floods. Excerpt:
Sixty-two people have died while 10 have gone missing from heavy rains and floods in the Philippines caused by a storm-enhanced "habagat" or the southwest monsoon, disaster management officials said Friday night.
More than half of the deaths were caused by drowning, latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
Eleven others died from landslide.
Ten people also remain missing, the NDRRMC said.
The heavy rains and floods have affected almost 2.5 million people in 149 towns and 31 cities in 16 provinces, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
More than 384,000 have sought shelter in evacuation centers, the DSWD said.
Meanwhile, philSTAR.com reports that the Department of Health is distributing doxycycline capsules to local governments in the Metro Manila area. It's a prophylactic against leptospirosis.