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Philippines typhoon 475 dead, thousands homeless

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A rescue worker carries a child across a surging river in the town of New Bataan, Philippines on Thursday.PHOTO:AFP
A rescue worker carries a child across a surging river in the town of New Bataan, Philippines on Thursday.PHOTO:AFP

Nearly 200,000 people were homeless and 475 confirmed dead after the Philippines' worst typhoon this year, officials said on 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.

Erinea Cantilla and her family of six walked barefoot for two days in a vain search of food and shelter through a muddy wasteland near the mountainous town of New Bataan after the deluge destroyed their house and banana and cocoa farm.

"Everything we had is gone. The only ones left are dead people," Cantilla said as her husband, three children and a granddaughter reached the outskirts of the town, which itself had been nearly totally obliterated.

The army said it was looking for at least 377 missing people while seeking help for more than 179,000 others who sheltered in schools, gyms and other buildings after losing everything.AFP


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