240 Dead, 375K in Shelters After Philippines Floods

Minister appeals for more international help as toll continues to rise
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2009 9:07 PM CDT
Rescuers and police carry bodies recovered in a Manila suburb yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – At least 240 people are now confirmed dead in flooding in the Philippines after more than 90 new deaths were reported in Manila. Moreover, 375,000 have been displaced by the disaster, more than double earlier official figures. As government officials appeal for international help, a BBC correspondent says getting supplies to the refugees has taken priority over search-and-rescue operations.