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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 - 13:23
Death toll in Philippines typhoon rises to 115
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The death toll from a powerful typhoon that struck the Philippines has risen to 115, as confirmation of more victims filtered in from isolated areas.

Typhoon Bopha barrelled across the island of Mindanao, toppling trees and blowing away homes with 210 kilometres  per hour gusts before weakening overnight as it headed towards the South China Sea.

The military was scrambling helicopters and heavy equipment to New Bataan, where rainwater had gushed down from nearby slopes, creating a deadly swirl of rainwater, logs and rocks that crushed everything in its path.

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