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Child coffins run out in Philippine flood city: CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AFP) - Mr Dexter Lacson has run ou...

Child coffins run out in Philippine flood city: CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AFP) - Mr Dexter Lacson has run ou...

As the death toll caused by Typhoon Washi rises in Cagayan de Oroon, child coffins have run out in the devastated city. -- PHOTO: AFP CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AFP) - Mr Dexter Lacson has run out of children's coffins as wave upon wave of bloated corpses threatens to overwhelm his southern Philippine mortuary after the most fearsome flash floods in living memory. Thirty hours after the floods pulverised the city of Cagayan de Oro, the undertaker's stocks of embalming formaldehyde are low and small-size caskets have gone entirely due to the sheer number of child victims. 'We are swamped. I only have five embalmers. It takes an average of four hours for each body but we have 200-plus bodies,' a bleary-eyed Lacson, wearing only a basketball jersey and bermuda shorts, said on Sunday. Frequent power cuts and the lack of tap water are the other problems his business, the Boll...

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