1. DISASTER

    Over 900 Killed by Philippines Storm

    Residents retrieve their household items from their house which landed on a concrete fence of a mansion Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 in Iligan city, southern Philippines. Tropical storm Washi blew away Monday after devastating the southern Philippines with flash floods that killed hundreds of people as they slept and turned two coastal cities into a muddy wasteland filled with overturned cars and uprooted trees. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Bullit Marquez / AP Photo

    This weekend’s tropical storm continues to wreak havoc on the Philippines, as the death toll has risen to 927. Drowned bodies are now surfacing and the number is expected to grow even further as more bodies are found. The death toll does not include all those who are still missing following the storm—of which the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has lost count. Some towns—filled with the smell of decomposing bodies—are planning mass burials for those killed in the typhoon’s aftermath.

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