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Death toll from Typhoon Rai in Philippines tops 100

At least 169 people have died following the devastation of Typhoon Rai in the southeastern islands of the Philippines, reports the BBC.

Winds of more than 120 miles per hour forced some 400,000 people to evacuate.

“There are some areas that look like it has been bombed worse than World War Two,” said Richard Gordon of the Philippine Red Cross.

Reuters reports the death toll in the central Philippine province of Bohol is 72 alone.

Falling trees and drownings caused most of the deaths.

President Rodrigo Duterte pledged to “use all government resources to ensure that all goods are delivered as soon as possible.”

However, Al Jazeera reports the government is struggling to get emergency food to those who need it most.

Thousands of military, police, coast guard, and firefighters are being deployed.

“We would like to request to the national government to intervene, to help us out here. We do not have any communication as of now. The food that we have prepared for the evacuees have been spoiled because of the typhoon,” Surigao del Norte Vice Governor Geed Gokiangkee told ABS-CBN.

In the island province of Dinagat, Vice Governor Nilo Demery said 95 percent of the island has been destroyed.

Widespread destruction is reported on Siargao, Dinagat, and Mindanao islands.

Those who would like to help can donate money for humanitarian aid via Unicef and to the Red Cross.

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