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Death Toll from Typhoon Rai Rises to 375

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The death toll from Typhoon Rai in the Philippines has risen to over 300, CNN reports.

The typhoon hit the archipelago on Thursday, December 16th. It is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.

CNN affiliates in the Philippines, citing the Philippine National Police (PNP), say that the death toll is now 375. At least 515 people are injured, and 56 are still missing.

The death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue. Operators are struggling to reach people in some areas that are blocked off by water and debris.

According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the typhoon has displaced 630,000 people, Reuters reports. Local government officials in some regions are worried about food supplies.

“Our food supply is running low. Maybe, in a few days, we will totally run out,” said Fely Pedrablanca mayor of Tubajon town on Dinagat Island, according to Reuters.

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

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