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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 - 18:44
238 dead, hundreds missing in Philippines typhoon
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The death toll from a typhoon that ravaged the Philippines jumped to 238 today with hundreds missing, as rescuers battled to reach areas cut off by floods and mudslides.

Typhoon Bopha slammed into the southern island of Mindanao yesterday, toppling trees and blowing away homes with 210-kilometre per hour gusts before easing and heading towards the South China Sea.

A total of 142 people died in and around the mountain town of New Bataan, a gold-rush settlement that was ravaged by flash floods and landslides.

Eighty-one other people were killed and 21 were still missing in the nearby province of Davao Oriental.

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