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Typhoon Deaths in Philippines Top 140, Mayors Plead for Food

Typhoon Deaths in Philippines Top 140, Mayors Plead for Food
In this handout photo provided by the Office of the Vice President, toppled trees and structures are scattered due to Typhoon Rai in Siargao island, Surigao del Norte, southern Philippines, Dec. 19, 2021. (Office of the Vice President via AP)

From: Voice of America

The death toll in the strongest typhoon to batter the Philippines this year has reached at least 146, and the governor of an island province especially hard-hit by Typhoon Rai said there may be even greater devastation that has yet to be reported.

Gov. Arthur Yap of Bohol province in the central Philippines said 72 people died there, 10 others were missing and 13 injured, and suggested the fatalities may still considerably increase because only 33 of 48 mayors were able to report back to him due to downed communications. Officials were trying to confirm a sizable number of deaths caused by landslides and extensive flooding elsewhere.

In statements posted on Facebook, Yap ordered mayors in his province of more than 1.2 million people to invoke their emergency powers to secure food packs for large numbers of people along with drinking water. Both have been urgently sought in several hard-hit towns.

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