Philippines typhoon toll rises to 129

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 07:20 hrs

Manila, Dec 5 (IANS) The toll from Typhoon Bopha in the Philippine has risen to 129 as strong winds and heavy floods ravaged several provinces.

Authorities said Wednesday the number of fatalities in the province of Davao Oriental alone hit 81, while 148 were wounded, 25 went missing and 5,737 families displaced.

Bopha also damaged several houses, buildings and roads in the province, reported Xinhua.

Lyndon Paniza, spokesman for the 10th Infantry Division, said there are 48 casualties in the province of Compostela Valley. This number didn't include the three soldiers who died while rescuing the typhoon victims.

President Benigno Aquino III said: "Any single casualty is a cause for distress. We're always looking for ways on how to reduce the number of people killed by the typhoon."

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