1. Typhoon Bopha

    Philippines Death Toll Hits 418

    A flash flood survivor is driven to a hospital after being rescued Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in the southern Philippines.  A powerful typhoon that washed away emergency shelters, a military camp and possibly entire families in the southern Philippines has killed hundreds of people with nearly 400 missing, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Bullit Marquez / AP Photo

    The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Bopha rose on Friday to 418 people, while 383 remain missing. One general involved in recovery efforts explained that lack of equipment has hindered rescue-and-retrieval efforts. “Some of the dead are buried in knee-deep mud and we only have our hands and shovels,” he said, adding, “We are thinking of burying the unclaimed bodies on health concerns.” The governor of Compostela Valley, one of the hardest-hit provinces, estimated that “half of the missing could be dead by now.” He also indicated that most of the dead would be buried in mass graves if the bodies are not claimed within the next two to three days.

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