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December 5, 2012
Death toll from Philippine typhoon nears 300

NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) -- Stunned parents searching for missing children examined a row of mud-stained bodies covered with banana leaves while survivors dried their soaked belongings on roadsides Wednesday, a day after a powerful typhoon killed nearly 300 people in the southern Philippines.

Officials fear more bodies may be found as rescuers reach hard-hit areas that were isolated by landslides, floods and downed communications.

At least 151 people died in the worst-hit province of Compostela Valley when Typhoon Bopha lashed the region Tuesday, including 78 villagers and soldiers who perished in a flash flood that swamped two emergency shelters and a military camp, provincial spokeswoman Fe Maestre said.

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Residents cross a river in a flash flood hit the village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Typhoon Bopha, one of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines this year, barreled across the country's south on Tuesday, killing scores of people while triggering landslides, flooding and cutting off power in two entire provinces. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Residents cross a river using suspended ropes at Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, a day after Typhoon Bopha made landfall. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Residents cross a river with the body of a child after retrieving it from the flash flood-hit village of Andap, in New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, a day after Typhoon Bopha made landfall. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Residents cross a river in the flash flood-hit village of Andap, a day after Typhoon Bopha made landfall, in New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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A resident hangs clothing amid fallen trees and debris a day after Typhoon Bopha made landfall in the village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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A child stands near his family's damaged house Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012, a day after powerful Typhoon Bopha hit Montevista township Compostela Valley in southern Philippines. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Children retrieve their books and other belongings from their damaged home Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012, a day after powerful Typhoon Bopha hit Montevista township, in the Compostela Valley in southern Philippines. AP / Bullit Marquez
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A resident loses his balance as he looks at the extent of the devastation brought by the flash flood at the height of Typhoon Bopha that hit the village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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A resident looks at the devastation brought about by the flash flood that hit the village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Residents make their way through a flooded area of New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, a day after Typhoon Bopha made landfall. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Rosalinda Pasko tearfully breaks the news to a relative of the death of her 2 of her family members at the flash flood-hit village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Residents pass by bodies recovered from a flash flood in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province, southern Philippines on Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Karlos Manlupig
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Relatives grieve as they view bodies recovered from floods in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province, southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Karlos Manlupig
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Residents walk to an evacuation center after retrieving their belongings at the flash flood-hit village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Residents evacuate to higher grounds at the flash flood-hit village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Medicine is distributed to residents, all victims of the devastating flash flood that hit the village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Residents wash their clothes amid the devastation left by Typhoon Bopha, in the village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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The devastation brought about by powerful Typhoon Bopha is seen at Montevista township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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A resident dries their clothes amidst their toppled house at the flash flood-hit village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Residents carry the body of a flash-flood victim in the village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Residents look at the devastation left from a flash flood at the height of Typhoon Bopha at the village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Filipino soldiers and residents work to remove a fallen tree from a road in New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, a day after Typhoon Bopha made landfall. AP / Bullit Marquez
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A soldier surveys the devastation brought about by Typhoon Bopha at the flash flood-hit village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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Filipino soldiers search for victims and survivors amid the devastation left by Typhoon Bopha, in the village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Bullit Marquez
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A resident who was rescued from her flooded home is assisted as she alights from a military truck in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province, southern Philippines on Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012. AP / Karlos Manlupig
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Philippine National Police clear a highway of toppled coconut trees after Typhoon Bopha made a landfall in Compostela Valley in southeastern Philippines Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012. AP / Karlos Manlupig
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Residents repair their damaged homes after Typhoon Bopha made landfall in Compostela Valley in southeastern Philippines Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012. AP / Karlos Manlupig
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A boy waits in a temporary shelter after Typhoon Bopha made landfall in Compostela Valley in southeastern Philippines Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012. AP / Karlos Manlupig
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This photo provided by NASA and made from the International Space Station on Dec. 2, 2012, shows Typhoon Bopha moving toward the Philippines. AP /

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