Saturday, May 21

Disaster. In the Philippines, typhoon “Rai” toll rises to 208 dead

The human toll caused by Typhoon Rai amounts to 208 dead in the Philippines, the national police said on Monday, making this powerful natural phenomenon one of the deadliest in recent years in the country.

At least 239 people were injured and 52 are missing as a result of Rai’s devastating passage through the southern and central regions of the archipelago, the national police added.

A “complete carnage”

More than 300,000 people fled their homes Thursday as the typhoon made landfall in the center of the country.

The Philippine branch of the Red Cross has reported “complete carnage” in coastal areas.

The Philippines, ranked among the countries most exposed to climate change, is swept by nearly 20 tropical storms or typhoons each year which typically destroy crops, homes and infrastructure in already poor regions.

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