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Aerial views reveal Philippines storm damage

Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 01:11

Dec. 17 - Aerial views show the destruction left behind by typhoon Washi after it lashed the southern Philippines, killing over 250 people. Sunita Rappai reports.

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Devastation in the Philippines after Typhoon Washi leaves more than 250 dead. These aerial views show the extent of the damage after the typhoon hit the southern island of Mindano late on Friday. With winds gusting up to 90km/h, the storm triggered flashfloods and landslides in the resource-rich area, forcing around 100,000 people to evacuate. Rescue operations are ongoing. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino/English) MILITARY INFANTRY BRIGADE COMMANDER ROLAND AMARILLE SAYING: "Our navy and coast guard are scanning the area, particularly between the river and the sea, and right now we are able to rescue 18 people. Our helicopters, they are also conducting relief operations right now." An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines ever year, often causing death and destruction. Sunita Rappai, Reuters

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Aerial views reveal Philippines storm damage

Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 01:11