Scores dead as typhoon floods Philippines

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Scores of people were reported dead Tuesday as Typhoon Bopha deluged the southern Philippines, toppling trees and triggering landslides as heavy rains and blasting winds pounded the islands.

The Philippines national disaster agency confirmed at least four people had died from falling trees and drownings as of Tuesday night local time. Media reports put the death toll at more than 70, including at least 33 people who perished on the island of Mindanao as floodwaters abruptly burst onto the village of New Bataan in the Compostela Valley.

In another village in the storm-battered valley, three children were killed, buried in wall of mud and boulders that tumbled from a mountain, the Associated Press reported.


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