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238 dead, hundreds missing in Philippines typhoon

Published on Dec 5, 2012 5:14 PM

NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AFP) - The death toll from a typhoon that ravaged the Philippines jumped to 238 on Wednesday with hundreds missing, as rescuers battled to reach areas cut off by floods and mudslides.

Typhoon Bopha slammed into the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday, toppling trees and blowing away homes with 210kmh 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, regional military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lyndon Paniza said.

"What's scary is that 258 people are still missing there," Lt-Col Paniza told AFP.

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