Philippines typhoon death toll rises to 388

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On Monday, the government announced that the number of deaths from one of the most devastating typhoons to strike the Philippines in recent years had surged to 388, as illness outbreaks menace some of the worst-affected districts.

On December 16 and 17, Typhoon Rai ravaged the Asian nation’s south and center, destroying power lines and trees and triggering devastating floods that stranded hundreds of thousands.

The death toll from Rai has risen to 388, with 60 people still missing and hundreds injured, according to the civil defense office in Manila. The death toll had previously been estimated at 375.

More than four million people are receiving typhoon relief in 430 cities and towns, with 482,000 homes severely damaged or totally destroyed, according to civil defense officials.

Over 300,000 people are still in refugee camps, with just another 200,000 seeking refuge in relatives’ or friend’s homes.

Some survivors have compared Typhoon Rai to Super Typhoon Haiyan, which pummeled the central Philippines in 2013 and left 7,300 individuals dead or missing, marking it the country’s biggest storm on record.

Every year, the region is affected by an average of 20 cyclones.

As the authorities hustled to get food, water, and clothing to the affected areas, a potential concern surfaced in recent days, with at least 140 people becoming ill as a result of tainted water.

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