The confirmed death toll from a powerful typhoon that ravaged the southern Philippines rose to 97 Wednesday, officials said, as rescuers battled to reach areas cut off by flash floods and mudslides.
Residents walk among destroyed houses after Typhoon Bopha hit Compostela town, on the southern island of Mindanao on December 4, 2012. The death toll from the typhoon has risen to 97, officials said after the storm battered the south of the country.
Typhoon Bopha barrelled across the island of Mindanao, toppling trees and blowing away homes with 210 kilometres (130 miles) per hour gusts Tuesday before weakening overnight as it headed towards the South China Sea.
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