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Philippines buries dead from Typhoon Bopha

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Philippines buries dead from Typhoon Bopha


Bad weather is continuing to hamper the search for survivors two days after Typhoon Bopha struck the Philippines.

President Benigno Aquino has visited the badly hit town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley to help hand out desperately needed food and medical supplies.

The nation’s strongest storm this year is believed to have killed up to 420 people with nearly as many reported missing.

Now, officials are having to consider creating mass graves for unclaimed bodies to reduce health risks.
With heavy rain continuing, search and rescue operations have been hampered. Remote and rural areas are practically inaccessible with acres of farmland and several mining towns flooded.

In places where they can, survivors have begun clearing up but shelter still needs to be found for some 300,000 people made homeless across more than a dozen provinces.

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