MANILA - Heavy rains pummelled the entire Philippines on Saturday, flooding more areas as the government declared a "state of national calamity". The death toll after a week of devastating weather has risen to 41, according to confirmed reports from national and local disaster monitoring agencies. Poor farming communities in the main southern island of Mindanao were flooded Saturday after at least two rivers burst their banks, local disaster officials said.–AFP

The storm, locally named Onyok, had weakened into a low pressure area after hitting land late Friday but continued to bring more rains to Mindanao and the central Visayas islands.AFP