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Philippines: Typhoon Rai killed at least 108

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The governor of the tourist island of Bohol (center), Arthur Yap, announced that 72 people had died in his province, according to data communicated by the mayors.

In the Dinagat Islands, the head of the press for the province, Jeffrey Crisostomo, told theFrance Media Agency 10 other deaths.

This brings the number of reported deaths to 108, according to the latest official figures, making Rai one of the deadliest typhoons in recent years in the Philippines.

The toll could increase as rescue teams reach the areas devastated by the typhoon.

Fallen electricity pylons block a road.

Fallen electricity pylons block a road in Surigao City, Surigao del norte province.

Photo: Getty Images / FERDINANDH CABRERA

The cyclone, accompanied by winds reaching 195 km / h, swept through the central and southern Philippines on Thursday and Friday, blowing up rooftops, tearing utility poles and cutting off communications, before heading out to sea on Saturday. from southern China.

Aerial photos made public by the army showed considerable damage in the regions crossed. Some 300,000 people have had to flee their homes.

Thousands of military, police, coast guard and firefighters have been deployed to the worst affected areas to assist in search and rescue operations.

Army and Coast Guard ships were dispatched to bring water, food and medicine. Heavy machinery arrived to clear the roads blocked by trees and electricity poles.

It will be a long and difficult road for people to rebuild and get their lives back on track.

A quote from Alberto Bocanegra, head of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in the Philippines

The organization appealed to raise 20 million Swiss francs (C $ 27.9 million) to fund emergency relief and reconstruction efforts.

An overview of the affected areas showed very clearly that our fellow citizens have suffered greatly in terms of destroyed homes and agricultural losses, lamented Mr. Yap, the governor of Bohol.

Thousands of gallons of water were delivered after power cuts across the island disrupted water filling stations, Yap added.

The islands of Siargao, Dinagat and Mindanao have also suffered significant destruction.

  Houses destroyed by Super Typhoon Rai.

Aerial image showing the extent of the damage in the town of Surigao in the province of Surigao del Norte.

Photo: Getty Images / ERWIN MASCARINAS

Aerial footage released by the military shows severe damage in the town of General Luna on the island of Siargao, where surfers and vacationers had flocked for the holiday season, with roofs torn off and debris littering the ground .

On the island of Dinagat, the damage is equivalent if not worse to those caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan of 2013, according to provincial governor Arlene Bag-ao.

Haiyan, called Yolanda in the Philippines, was the deadliest cyclone in the country, killing 7,300.

I saw how Typhoon Odette [nom local de Rai, NDLR] tore the provincial capital to pieces, piece by pieceDinagat province press officer Mr Crisostomo told radio station DZBB.

Tables as heavy as a man flew in the violence of the storm, he added.

In the town of Surigao, at the northern end of the island of Mindanao, shards of glass from shattered windows, corrugated roofing sheets, power lines and other debris were strewn in the streets.

Rai poured down torrential rains, uprooted trees and destroyed wooden structures. It was off the coast of Vietnam on Sunday and was heading north.

Rai is a particularly late typhoon in the season. Most tropical cyclones in the Pacific Ocean form between July and October.

Scientists have long warned that typhoons get stronger and stronger as global warming accelerates.

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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