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The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has topped 1,000, the government says - @AFP

The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has topped 1,000 and could still rise sharply, the government said on Sunday. Typhoon Bopha killed 1,020 people, mostly on the southern island of Mindanao, where floods and landslides caused major damage on December 4, civil defence chief Benito Ramos said. A total of 844 people remain missing, about half of them fishermen who ventured out to sea before Bopha hit, Ramos said, adding he feared many of the missing were dead. "The death toll will go higher. We found a lot of bodies yesterday, buried under fallen logs and debris," he told AFP. He expressed fears the toll from Bopha would exceed the 1,268 confirmed dead after Typhoon Washi hit the southern Philippines in December last year. "We prepared. We were just simply overwhelmed," said Ramos. "They did not expect this intensity. The last time (thi...

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