19 Dec '11, 9am

Flood-hit Philippine cities prepare mass burials

Flood-hit Philippine cities prepare mass burials

ILIGAN, Philippines : The Philippines prepared mass burials for decomposing bodies of flood victims on Monday after a cyclone disaster left more than 600 people dead on the southern island of Mindanao. Authorities in the port cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, where entire families were swept to sea as they slept in coastal slums, said unclaimed cadavers piling up in mortuaries were posing health risks and had to be buried. The Philippine Red Cross set the death toll from Saturday's flash floods spawned by tropical storm Washi at 652 while the national disaster council put the figure at 632. Most of the dead were from the two cities, which were built around river systems that overflowed when a month's worth of rain fell in a 24-hour period. The area is normally bypassed by typhoons that ravage other parts of the Philippine archipelago every year. Estimates of missing per...

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