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    Typhoon death toll nears 400


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Filipino iReporter bentesiorna took these images of the brutal aftermath of Typhoon Bopha in Compostela Valley, Mindanao island, an area particularly badly affected. The images show the devastation wreaked by the storm and residents seeking refuge in evacuation centers. He says authorities are still busy with the grim task of search and retrieval for bodies of those who perished. "It will take months [for residents] to recover from the disaster," he said.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    By Ben O. Tesiorna

    As days passed, the scene on the typhoon-ravaged areas in the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley gets grimmer. Towns and villages cut-off for two days from rescuers and food aid were finally reached on Thursday, and aid workers were greeted with blanket-covered bodies lying along the road.

    In New Bataan, Compostela Valley, where 94 bodies have been recovered as of Thursday evening, footages from the television crew who penetrated the area showed mud-covered bodies of victims, old and young-alike.

    In Cateel, Davao Oriental, the town was literally erased from the map with not a single structure having survived the wrath of Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) who made a landfall in nearby town of Baganga early morningTuesday.

    Governor Corazon Malanyaon, who hails from Cateel, said 95% of the structures in her hometown were totally-wrecked. Schools, churches and even the multi-million residence of the governor’s brother, Cateel Mayor Camilo Nunez, was destroyed.

    As of 7 p.m. Thursday, a total of 342 were confirmed dead in the two most-ravaged provinces, 441 injured and 416 missing. Davao Oriental has 128 fatalities, 151 injured and 21 missing while Compostela Valley Province has 214 dead, 290 injured and 395 missing.

    All throughout the Philippines, affected by Typhoon Pablo were 8 regions, 26 provinces,
    28 cities, 178 municipalities and 1,750 villages.

    Here’s the breakdown of fatalities and injured:

    Davao Oriental

    Tarragona -- 1 dead

    Manay -- 1 dead

    Caraga -- 9 dead
    -- 5 injured
    -- 1 missing

    Baganga -- 31 dead
    -- 51 injured
    -- 13 missing

    Boston -- 27 dead

    Cateel -- 59 dead
    -- 95 injured
    -- 7 missing

    Compostela Valley Province

    Laak -- 2 dead
    -- 4 injured
    -- 1 missing

    Mabini -- 4 dead

    Maragusan -- 3 dead
    -- 4 injured

    Monkayo -- 55 dead
    -- 12 injured
    -- 8 missing

    Montevista -- 10dead
    -- 10 injured

    Mt Diwata -- 11 dead
    -- 61 injured
    -- 9 missing

    Mawab -- 29 injured

    Nabunturan -- 9 dead
    -- 4 injured

    Maco -- 3 dead
    -- 4 injured

    New Bataan -- 94 dead
    -- 149 injured
    -- 372 missing

    Pantukan -- 2 dead
    -- 1 missing

    Compostela -- 21 dead
    -- 13 injured
    -- 4 missing

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