Flood WatersResidents wade through flood waters caused by monsoon rains in Catmon, Malabon, north of Metro Manila on Aug. 9, 2012
Flood WatersResidents wade through flood waters caused by monsoon rains using makeshifts rafts in Dampalit, Malabon situated in the North of Manila on Aug. 9, 2012
A Baby Handed Over to RescuersRescuers carry a baby as a family evacuates from their flooded home in Marikina City Metro Manila on Aug. 8, 2012
Pedicabs for CommutingPedicabs transport commuters in a flooded street in Malabon, Metro Manila on Aug. 10, 2012
Flood WatersA pregnant woman carries her son and their food supplies as they return to their flooded house in Marikina City, Metro Manila on Aug. 8, 2012
Caring for the PetsA resident brings down his dogs from his roof at a flooded area in Marikina City Metro Manila on Aug. 8, 2012
Flood WatersResidents evacuate their homes in a flooded village in Marikina City in Metro Manila on Aug. 9, 2012
Queue for Relief GoodsFlood victims queue for relief goods outside a government hall in Malabon, Metro Manila on August 10, 2012
Philippine President Benigno Aquino IIIPhilippines president Aquino III hands out relief goods to flood victims at evacuation centre in Malabon, Metro Manila on Aug. 9, 2012
Flood WatersResidents evacuate their homes in a flooded village in Marikina City, Metro Manila on Aug. 8, 2012
Evacuation CenterFlood victims watch television at a school which was turned into evacuation center in Marikina City Metro Manila on Aug. 8, 2012
Looking for Dry ClothesResident looks for dry clothes in his flooded home in Valenzuela, Metro Manila on Aug. 8, 2012
Belongings in a BagA man bites down on a plastic bag containing his belongings as he wades through a flooded street in Marikina, Metro Manila on Aug. 7, 2012
Rubber FloatRescuers help residents on a rubber float to move to higher grounds during a flood in Marikina, Metro Manila on Aug. 7, 2012
On RoofResidents wait for rescuers on the roof of a flooded house in Marikina, Metro Manila on Aug. 7, 2012
Waiting to be RescuedResidents wait for rescuers at a flooded house in Marikina, Metro Manila on Aug. 7, 2012
House Under WaterA resident checks his submerged house during a flood in Marikina City, Metro Manila on Aug. 7, 2012
Boy Feeds his BrothersBoy feeds his brothers with free meal distributed at sports complex turned evacuation center after flooding in Marikina City, Metro Manila on Aug. 6, 2012
Evacuation CenterFlood victims crowd a sports complex turned evacuation center after flooding in Quezon City, Metro Manila on Aug. 6, 2012
RescuersRescuers evacuate residents from flooded homes on a rubber boat in Marikina, Metro Manila on Aug. 7, 2012
Woman and Child Being RescuedA woman holds her child onboard a rescue boat along a flooded street in Las Pinas, Metro Manila on Aug. 7, 2012
Transporting VegetablesA man transports vegetables on his motorcycle along a flooded street in Las Pinas, Metro Manila on Aug. 7, 2012
Evacuation CenterA flood victim sleeps with her dog at a sports complex turned evacuation center after flooding in Marikina City, Metro Manila on Aug. 6, 2012
The death toll from five days of torrential rains and subsequent floods in the Philippines climbed to 60 Friday while weather forecasts predict more rains across the main island of Luzon. Rescue and relief efforts are under way to help hundreds of thousands of people affected that crippled the capital Manila and surrounding areas.
The flood waters that submerged about 80 percent of Manila earlier this week has almost subsided, with people gradually returning to their homes. A state of calamity had been declared in parts of Manila and other areas, BBC reported.
Over two million people across 30 cities in 16 provinces have been affected by the floods, according to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The government agency said that the most number of casualties was due to drowning. There were reports of electrocution and deaths due to landslides.
"Of the above total affected, 119,751 families or 580,079 persons are currently served inside and outside evacuation centers," a statement from the agency said.
More than 300,000 people were sheltered in 630 evacuation centers while other displaced people were with friends and relatives.
Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said more volunteers were needed for relief efforts.
"We have the food but we need to pack them, deliver and distribute them in this massive operation," Soliman told AFP.
"Most local government units do a community kitchen, but the volume of evacuees is so big that they have been overwhelmed. We are also appealing for more medicines, blankets, mats and, more importantly, dry clothes."
President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the national trade department to ensure stable prices for basic goods in the flood-hit areas.
Catastrophic flooding has been affecting Manila almost routinely, a Philippine government official said Wednesday. "The only way we can be prepared for the impact of climate change is to accept that these recent developments in our country like intense weather disturbances, heavy rainfall, as well as long dry season, are the 'new normal' " Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje said, according to a statement from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
He said he would ask the local government of Quzon City to have the area be declared as a "permanent danger zone."
In 2009, the typhoons Ketsana and Parma wrecked havoc in Manila within a week, causing flooding that affected more than 9 million people and killed 929.
The Philippines was identified as highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, Paje said, adding that the government had been working on long-term solutions to minimize damage on people and government infrastructures.
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