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Bopha heads back to the Philippines

Bopha heads back to the Philippines
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In the Philippines rescuers are still finding bodies in the devastation brought by Typhoon Bopha last week.

Officials say the number of dead is now 540, and there are still 850 more listed as missing since the weather system made landfall last Tuesday. More than 1,000 people were injured and 370,000 are living in temporary shelters.

The southern island of Mindanao was directly in its path. The typhoon headed out into the South China Sea where it gave up much of its strength and became a storm – but forecasters say it is now heading back to the Philippines, this time to the north.

The president has declared a national state of calamity in the areas that were hit, but many survivors in Mindanao are complaining of missing out on the aid effort.

Humanitarian agencies say 90 per cent of homes were destroyed in the worst hit areas, and now 5.4-million people are in urgent need of food, drinking water and shelter.