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Philippine death toll from typhoon Bopha exceeds 1000


MANILA, (Xinhua):

The official death toll from super typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo) has already reached 1020 people as the number of missing also rose to 844, a government agency announced on Sunday.

The Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said a regional response coordination center was built in Davao city for searching more survivors and bodies. The Philippine Navy and the Coast Guard have also mobilized sea and aircraft to assist the rescue operation.

Typhoon Bopha, believed to be the most severe typhoon in the Philippines over the past two decades, made its landfall in Baganga of Davao Oriental on Dec. 4. The typhoon brought strong winds and flooding, heavily affecting Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces in southern Philippines' Mindanao region.

Up to now, 30 provinces or cities are still out of power, with six provinces having no water supply, the NDRRMC said in a report released on Sunday morning.

As almost 10,000 houses were damaged, more than 6.2 million survivors in disaster-affected areas were struggling for food and shelters.

The cost of damages to agriculture totaled 16 billion pesos ( 390 million U.S. dollars), and that to infrastructure topped 7.7 billion pesos. The deadly typhoon has also damaged 385 schools in 22 provinces in eight regions. (1 U.S. dollar equals 41 pesos)

Editor: Fang Yang

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