Philippines Typhoon Toll Tops 270

Flash flood kills scores of villagers, soldiers

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 5, 2012 1:41 AM CST

(Newser) – The death toll from a powerful typhoon in the southern Philippines has climbed to more than 270 people and officials fear many more bodies could be found as rescuers reach hard-hit areas that have been isolated by landslides, floods, and downed communications. At least 151 people have died in the worst-hit province of Compostela Valley since Typhoon Bopha began lashing the region early yesterday, including 66 villagers and soldiers who perished in a flash flood that swamped two emergency shelters and a military camp. "It's hard to say how many more are missing," says an official. "We're now searching everywhere."

Residents repair their damaged homes after Typhoon Bopha made landfall in Compostela Valley province yesterday.   (AP Photo/Karlos Manlupig)
A resident who was rescued from her flooded home is assisted as she alights from a military truck in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province.   (AP Photo/Karlos Manlupig)
A rescuer covers bodies recovered from a flash flood in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province, southern Philippines.   (AP Photo/Karlos Manlupig)
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