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Philippines finds elderly survivor after typhoon kills 332

Published on Dec 6, 2012 2:26 PM
 

NEW BATAAN, Philippines (Reuters) - Rescue workers found a 77-year-old man alive on Thursday who had survived on coconuts for two days after a powerful typhoon ravaged the south of the Philippines killing over 325 people, with hundreds missing.

A group of rescue volunteers lifted Mr Carlos Agang to safety after they found him, in a tattered shirt with a fractured leg and bruises, clinging to a boulder by a river in New Bataan town in Compostela Valley, the province worst hit by typhoon Botha.

"I can't believe it. I didn't expect to see people survive two days after they were swept by flood and mud," fire volunteer Mark Roman Jumilla said.

"For two days, he survived on coconut and water. He lost his family when floodwaters swept a temporary shelter area where he and his family sought refuge," Mr Jumilla said.

 
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