Storm in Philippine killed nearly 1,000 people
According to National Disaster Agency, nearly 1,000 people were killed when flash floods and landslides caused by Typhoon Washi swept through riverside and coastal villages in the southern Philippines late last week. Authorities in the two cities, worst-hit by water, mud and logs swept down mountains, are struggling to prevent disease from spreading in crowded evacuation centres and have started digging mass graves to bury decomposing bodies.
The agency said 957 people were killed and 49 were missing, with most of the casualties in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The previous death toll issued by the government was 650.The government said more than 338,000 people were affected by the disaster.