"Estimates of the death toll from drownings, landslides and lightning strikes varied widely, from 730 to 1,100, with officials warning that the total could significantly rise," The Washington Post reports.
Also in the news this morning: The U.S. drawdown in Iraq, a system failure on the International Space Station, former Vice President Dick Cheney remains hospitalized, the United Arab Emirates plan to restrict BlackBerry use, and Lindsay Lohan leaves jail early.
"With less than a month to go before the U.S. military completes its drawdown to 50,000 troops and political negotiations still deadlocked, it now seems all but certain that the American combat mission here will end without an elected Iraqi government in place," the Los Angeles Times reports.
Most politicians are predicting that the 5-month-old impasse will continue at least until September, and that a new government could take even longer.
Iraqis fear violence will intensify as tensions increase between political factions and as insurgents seek to take advantage of the vacuum left by the departing troops.
"A malfunction aboard the International Space Station had NASA scrambling this weekend as astronauts and engineers worked to repair a coolant system that failed after a power surge on Saturday night," the Sentinel reports.
There are two cooling loops on board the $100 billion Space Station. The crew and NASA officials have begun to plan repair missions to fix the broken mechanism.
"Citing national security concerns, the United Arab Emirates said Sunday that it will block key features on BlackBerry smartphones because the devices operate beyond the government's ability to monitor," The Post reports.