Philippines typhoon death toll tops 900

Nesw.com.au

THE death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has climbed above 900, with hundreds still missing, the government says.

Typhoon Bopha killed 902 people mostly on the southern island of Mindanao, where floods and landslides caused major damage in nearly 2000 villages on December 4, the civil defence office said on Thursday.

A total of 615 people remain missing, it said, a big reduction from the previous tally after rescuers found 296 tuna fishermen who had put to sea before Bopha made landfall.

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