Typhoon Rai death toll passes 200 in the Philippines

Typhoon Rai death toll passes 200 in the Philippines

The death toll from the powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines surpassed 200 on Monday, as desperate survivors pleaded for urgent supplies of drinking water and food.

The Philippine Red Cross reported “complete carnage” in coastal areas after Typhoon Rai left homes, hospitals and schools “ripped to shreds.”

The storm tore off roofs, uprooted trees, toppled concrete power poles, smashed wooden houses to pieces, wiped out crops and flooded villages — sparking comparisons with Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

At least 208 people were killed and 52 were missing after the latest disaster to hit the archipelago, with hundreds more injured after the storm ravaged southern and central regions, the national police said.

More than 300,000 people fled their homes and beachfront resorts as Rai slammed into the country on Thursday as a super typhoon.

“Our situation is so desperate,” said Ferry Asuncion, a street vendor in the hard-hit seaside…

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