Philippine typhoon death toll rises to 208

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The typhoon in the Philippines has caused severe damage to infrastructure and the death toll has risen to 208.

The British news agency BBC According to local media reports, the wind speed was recorded at 195 kmph due to the strongest storm.

It added that the storm had forced about 300,000 people to flee the country’s southeastern island.

According to local police, 239 people have been injured so far while 52 people are still missing.

Rescue operations were launched in the affected areas after the storm’s devastation, which they termed as devastating.

The report said it was not immediately possible to say the exact number of casualties as communication infrastructure in the area was severely damaged.

Richard Gordon, head of the Red Cross in the Philippines, said most areas had no electricity, no communication systems and no water.

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He described the devastation caused by the storm as similar to the devastation of World War II and said that in some areas it was too much.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has announced an emergency aid appeal for the affected areas and expects to receive 20 million Swiss francs (ایک 16 million or کروڑ 22 million). ۔

Richard Gordon added that volunteers were in the area to provide immediate assistance.

In addition, Philippine military, coast guards and aid workers have been sent to the affected areas to assist in the search for missing persons and to be part of the relief work.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited the affected areas by helicopter.

Videos of the affected areas being shared on social media show the damage in the islands of Siargao, Dinagut and Mindanao.

It is estimated that there are about 20 hurricanes in the Philippines each year. Earlier, in 2013, a hurricane killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines and it was the most dangerous hurricane in the country.


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