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Typhoon kills more than 400 people in Philippines

world Updated: Dec 17, 2011 23:22 IST
Erik De Castro
Erik De Castro
Hindustan Times
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More then 400 people have been killed and hundreds more were missing after a typhoon hit the southern Philippines, National Red Cross Secretary-General Gwendolyn Pang said on Saturday.

She said in a text message to Reuters that the death toll of 426 was expected to rise due to flash floods and landslides that forced tens of thousands to flee from their homes. Typhoon Washi, with winds gusting up to 90km/h, hit Mindanao island on Friday, bringing heavy rain that left wide areas without power.

The Philippine National Red Cross said the death toll was caused by flash floods in Mindanao and another island. Soldiers and 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 Pang, adding that the hardest-hit areas were in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.