Tropical Storm Washi

1249 people have been killed by the current floods in the Philippines, and, after more than a week since the disaster struck, no-one can give reliable figures on how many people are unaccounted for. More bodies are still being retrieved from the sea off the southern island of Mindanao or found trapped beneath fallen logs and mud. Heavy rains and surging rivers combined with flash flooding swept away whole villages built on sandbars and riverbanks.

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