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Friday, 07 December 2012 - 8:31
477 dead, many homeless in Philippines typhoon
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A quarter million people were homeless and 477 confirmed dead after the Philippines' worst typhoon this year, officials said Thursday, as the government appealed for international help.

Typhoon Bopha ploughed across Mindanao island on Tuesday, flattening whole towns in its path as hurricane-force winds brought torrential rain that triggered a deadly combination of floods and landslides.

Rescuers said they were looking for at least 380 missing people while seeking help for more than 250 thousand others who sheltered in schools, gyms and other buildings after losing everything.

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