Filipino Heartthrob Saves Actress From Deadly Flood
At least 240 dead and 450,000 displaced after tropical storm thrashes capital
A boy stands beside a sign on a vehicle which was written in mud as residents slowly return to their homes in suburban Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines on Monday Sept. 28, 2009. Many Filipinos tried to rebuild their lives Monday after saving little more than the clothes they wore in a tropical storm that prompted the capital's worst flooding in more than four decades.
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 Updated at 2:31 AM PDT
A Philippines film and television heartthrob saved his co-star from deadly flood waters after hearing her rooftop plea for help on the news, while at least 240 people have perished from the worst flooding to hit the country in 40 years.
Actor Richard Gutierrez borrowed an army speedboat to rescue Christine Reyes, her mother and two young children, The Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, authorities have rescued more than 7,900 people from Saturday’s Tropical Storm Ketsana and 374,890 now live in shelters after their homes were destroyed in the disaster, according to the BBC. About 1.9 million people had their homes flooded.
The government is asking for international help even as two new storms threaten to rock the island nation as early as Friday.
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