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Philippines typhoon death toll nears 500
 

The death toll from Typhoon Bopha has soared to nearly 500 in the southern Philippines, as search teams reach remote communities that were flattened by the storm's deadly mix of hurricane-force winds, floods, and landslides. Nearly 200,000 people have been left homeless. Rescue teams found one survivor Wednesday who had been trapped for two days under rocks and debris left behind when a flash flood obliterated a tiny hamlet of coconut and banana farmers. The man, Carlos Agang, said he, his wife, and their four children were swept away in an instant. He doesn't know if anyone else in his family made it out alive. "It's a miracle that I survived," he said before being airlifted to a hospital with a broken leg, "but I might as well be dead."

 

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