1. DISASTER

    Philippines Flood Toll Rises to 1,200

    A resident wades through a flooded street with an electric fan following a flash flood that inundated Cagayan de Oro city, Philippines, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. A tropical storm triggered flash floods in the southern Philippines, killing scores of people and missing more. Mayor Lawrence Cruz of nearby Iligan said the coast guard and other rescuers were scouring the waters off his coastal city for survivors or bodies that may have been swept to the sea by a swollen river. (AP Photo/Froilan Gallardo)

    Froilan Gallardo / AP Photo

    More than a week after a typhoon triggered massive floods in the Philippines, bodies are still washing ashore—some as far as 60 miles away—and the death toll has risen to 1,200, an official said on Monday. Two thirds of the bodies have yet to be indentified. The U.N. is asking for $28 million to help the 600,000 people affected, many of whom are still homeless, in the southern region of Mindanao, which rarely receives such typhoons. The nation’s navy has joined with police, fisherman, and firefighters to launch a search for more bodies, while President Benigno Aquino III launches an investigation.

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