Philippines Typhoon Kills 200

    Relatives grieve as they view bodies recovered from floods in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province, southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. The death toll from Typhoon Bhopa climbed to more than 100 people Wednesday, while scores of others remain missing in the worst-hit areas of the southern Philippines. (AP Photo/Karlos Manlupig)

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    At least 200 people have been killed so far in a deadly typhoon in the Philippines as the storm continued to tear through the island nation on Wednesday. Typhoon Bopha caused landslides and flash flooding on the coast and in farming and mining towns in the southern Mindanao region. “The waters came so suddenly and unexpectedly, and the winds were so fierce, that compounded the loss of lives and livelihood,” said Arthur Uy, the governor of Compostela Valley in Mindanao. Damage to the area is expected to reach $98 million, as the typhoon destroyed 70–80 percent of plantations, Uy said. The storm weakened on Wednesday as it battered resort towns in northern Palawan.

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