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More than 200 dead in Philippine typhoon

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Philippine officials say the death toll from typhoon has risen to more than 200 people, mostly in flash floods. Scores of others are missing in the worst-hit areas in the country's south.

A government spokeswoman, Fe Maestre, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that at least 151 people died in the worst-hit province of Compostela Valley. That included 66 villagers and soldiers who perished in a flash flood that swamped two emergency storm shelters and a military camp as Typhoon Bopha lashed New Bataan town the day before.

Maestre says an unspecified number of villagers remain missing in New Bataan.

Army Maj. Gen. Ariel Bernardo says 51 people died and 98 others are missing in nearby Davao Oriental province, mostly due to flooding and toppled trees.

Disaster-response agencies reported seven other typhoon-related deaths elsewhere.

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