EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC MATERIAL PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Nearly 180 people lost their lives when typhoon Washi smashed into the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. It's feared the figure will rise. Some perished in landslides triggered by heavy rain. Most drowned as flash floods swept into homes while the occupants were sleeping. Many more are unaccounted for. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified villager saying (Cebuano): "We found two bodies here, and three more over there. We are still looking for the bodies in the nearby Cavaliero village." The storm was gusting up to 90 kilometres an hour. Troops and police launched an operation to recover the bodies of the casualties and evacuate people from their homes. Authorities say about 100, 000 people have been forced to flee. Some houses were completely swept away. The category 1 typhoon was expected to head out to the South China sea by Sunday. Paul Chapman, Reuters
Dec 17 - Many people dead and others missing as a deadly storm batters the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. Paul Chapman reports. ( Transcript )
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