Deadly floods caused by storm Ketsana

Tropical Storm Ketsana causes record amounts of rainfall in Manila, Philippines, leading to the declaration of a “state of calamity” in 25 provinces.

Ketsana made landfall in the Philippines early on September 26, 2009. The tropical storm brought Metro Manila its worst rainfall in record history on the morning of September 26, causing heavy flooding.

According to Philippine weather bureau PAGASA, the metropolis received 42.4 cm of rain in just 12 hours, exceeding the 39.2 cm average for the entire month of September. The previous record was set on June 7, 1967, with 33.4 cm of rainfall over a 24 hour period.

A “state of calamity” was declared in Metro Manila and 25 provinces affected by the storm. At least 40 people have been confirmed killed by flooding and landslides.

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