Philippine Typhoon Death Toll at 208, ‘Complete Carnage’ in Coastal Areas

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

A police spokesman said the death toll from super typhoon Rai surpassed 200 on Monday, and 52 were still missing as survivors struggled to find supplies of drinking water and food.

Bohol, one of the hardest-hit provinces in the Central Visayas region, which accounted for more than half of the deaths reported by the police, has an updated overall total casualty of 94 as posted by governor Arthur Yap on his official Facebook page.

Relief efforts remained hampered by damaged communication and power lines in many devastated areas.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has committed to releasing two billion pesos (US$40 million) in funds to assist in the recovery efforts as he visited some of the hardest-hit areas on Saturday. 

Rai had displaced almost 490,000 people in the Philippines before moving towards the South China Sea over the weekend.

Rai left widespread devastation in Cebu, Leyte, and Surigao del Norte, including the popular Siargao surfing destination and Dinagat Islands.


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