"The death toll from a typhoon that ravaged the Philippines jumped to 238 Wednesday with hundreds missing, as rescuers battled to reach areas cut off by floods and mudslides," The Manila Times writes.
It adds that "Typhoon Pablo (international codename: Bopha) slammed into the southern island of Mindanao Tuesday, toppling trees and blowing away homes with 210-kilometre (130-mile) per hour gusts before easing overnight as it headed towards the South China Sea."
As often happens during disasters, as information comes in the details are changing — unfortunately, for the worse. The latest update from Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says there have been at least 274 deaths.
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