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Death toll rises in Philippines typhoon

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Death toll rises in Philippines typhoon


There are fears for the worst for over 700 missing ferry passengers in the Philippines, as the island nation counts the cost of Typhoon Fengshen.

A rescue operation to find survivors from the stricken ship is underway as waves and floodwaters driven inland by near 200 kilometre per hour winds lash the coastline.

The ship has gone down three kilometres from Sibuyan island in the centre of the archipelago, and the high seas have been preventing any rescue attemps until now. Nearby islanders say the bow is sticking out of the water.

Elsewhere, over 150 people have been killed and thousands made homeless. Damage is extensive, especially in central Iloilo province, where whole communities have been submerged and forced into instantly-crowded refugee centres.

Many power lines are down, and transport links severed, with the typhoon expected to hang around the Philippines until tonight before veering off towards Taiwan, which is bracing itself for a hit as soon as Monday.

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