Times Wire Reports

Rescuers pulled more bodies from swollen rivers as residents started to dig their homes out from the mud after flooding left 240 people dead in Manila and surrounding towns.

Overwhelmed officials called for international help, warning that they may not have sufficient resources to withstand another storm that forecasters said was brewing east of the island nation and could hit as early as Friday.

Authorities expected the death toll from Tropical Storm Ketsana, which scythed across the northern Philippines on Saturday, to rise as rescuers reach villages cut off by debris. The storm dumped more than a month’s worth of rain in 12 hours, fueling the worst flooding to hit the country in more than 40 years.