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Death toll from Super Typhoon Rai climbs to 208

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Typhoon Rai
The death toll from Typhoon Rai in the Philippines has risen to 208. At least 52 others are still missing. Local authorities reported the information on Monday, December 20. Rescue work is still going on in search of the missing.

Super Typhoon Rai hit southern and central Philippines last Thursday, December 16. Many trees and electricity poles were uprooted in the area after the cyclone hit. Many villages were flooded. Communication was cut off in many areas. The typhoon has destroyed homes, hospitals, and educational institutions. More than 300,000 people have been evacuated from homes and beach resorts.

At least 208 people had been confirmed dead as of Monday, police spokesman Roderick Alba told reporters. 52 people are still missing.

He added that the police were working to maintain order in the affected areas and to continue the relief efforts.

The country's military, coastguard, and fire service are still working with police to rescue the victims. Several thousand concerned members took part in the rescue operation.

Super Typhoon Rai is reported to have hit the land of the popular tourist island of Siargao in the Philippines. At that time the wind speed was 175 kilometers per hour. The state of Bohol, a popular tourist spot, was the hardest hit by the typhoon. 49 people died there. As many as 490,000 people have been displaced by Hurricane Rai.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged 40 crore million dollars in relief aid to the victims.

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