Philippines Typhoon Toll Tops 270

Flash flood kills scores of villagers, soldiers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2012 1:41 AM CST
Philippines Typhoon Toll Rises Over 200
Residents repair their damaged homes after Typhoon Bopha made landfall in Compostela Valley province yesterday.   (AP Photo/Karlos Manlupig)

The death toll from a powerful typhoon in the southern Philippines has climbed to more than 270 people and officials fear many more bodies could be found as rescuers reach hard-hit areas that have been isolated by landslides, floods, and downed communications. At least 151 people have died in the worst-hit province of Compostela Valley since Typhoon Bopha began lashing the region early yesterday, including 66 villagers and soldiers who perished in a flash flood that swamped two emergency shelters and a military camp. "It's hard to say how many more are missing," says an official. "We're now searching everywhere." (More typhoon stories.)

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