18 Dec '11, 4am

Hundreds dead or missing as typhoon hits Philippines

CAGAYAN DE ORO (Philippines) - More than 250 people were killed and almost twice that number were missing after a typhoon hit the southern Philippines, officials said yesterday. The typhoon triggered flash floods and landslides and forced tens of thousands from their homes. Typhoon Washi, with winds gusting up to 90kmh, hit Mindanao late on Friday, bringing heavy rain that also grounded some domestic flights and left wide areas without power. The Philippine National Red Cross said 256 people were killed in flash floods in Mindanao and another island. Soldiers and the police were recovering more bodies washed ashore in nearby towns. "The death toll might still rise because there are still a lot of missing people," said Ms Gwendolyn Pang, secretary-general of the Philippine National Red Cross. In all, almost 400 people were unaccounted for, most of them from a coastal villag...

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