At least 50 dead in Philippines from tropical storm flooding

Torrential rains and subsequent flooding from Tropical Storm Ketsana have claimed at least 50 lives in the Philippines, a government official said Sunday. Five of the deaths occurred in metropolitan Manila, which — along with the nearby province of Rizal — bore the brunt of the downpour, said Gilberto Teodoro, secretary of national defense and chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council.