Philippines Typhoon 311.
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CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines - More then 400 people have been killed and hundreds more were missing after a typhoon hit the southern Philippines, National Red Cross Secretary-General Gwendolyn Pang said on Saturday.
She said in a text message to Reuters that the death toll of 426 was expected to rise due to flash floods and landslides that forced tens of thousands to flee from their homes.
Typhoon Washi, with winds gusting up to 90km/h (56 mph), hit the
resource-rich island of Mindanao late on Friday, bringing heavy rain
that also grounded some domestic flights and left wide areas without
The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) said the death toll was caused
by flash floods in Mindanao and another island. Soldiers and police were
recovering more bodies washed ashore in nearby towns.
"The death toll might still rise because there are still a lot of
missing people," said Pang, adding that the hardest-hit areas were in
the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.
Almost 400 people were unaccounted for, most of them from a coastal
village in Iligan. Houses were swept into the sea by floodwaters while
people were sleeping inside late on Friday.
Five miners were killed in a landslide in Monkayo on Mindanao and
another 21 people drowned on the central island of Negros, the PNRC
The Philippines social welfare department said about 100,000 people were
displaced and brought to more than a dozen shelters in Iligan and
Cagayan de Oro.