19 Dec '11, 12am

Philippines prepares for mass burial of flood victims from tropical storm Washi, death toll passes 650

Philippines prepares for mass burial of flood victims from tropical storm Washi, death toll passes 650

Rescuers struggled to help survivors and a ravaged city prepared for a mass burial as the death toll from devastating flash floods in the southern Philippines rose past 650 on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AFP) - Rescuers struggled to help survivors and a ravaged city prepared for a mass burial as the death toll from devastating flash floods in the southern Philippines rose past 650 on Sunday. With hundreds more still listed as missing, tropical storm Washi left Philippine territory after dumping heavy rains that overwhelmed rivers in the port cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on Mindanao island at the weekend. Iligan, where more than 200 people were killed, was preparing to bury unclaimed bodies in a mass grave as early as Monday because of their advanced state of decomposition. City health officer Liddy Villarin said body bags will be marked for po...

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