NEW BATAAN, Philippines (December 3, 2012)--The death toll from a powerful typhoon that sparked flash floods and landslides in the country's south has risen to more than 200 people, Philippine officials said Wednesday.
A government spokeswoman, Fe Maestre, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that at least 151 people died in the worst-hit province of Compostela Valley including 66 villagers and soldiers who perished in a flash flood that swamped two emergency storm shelters and a military camp as Typhoon Bopha lashed New Bataan town the day before.
Maestre says an unspecified number of villagers remain missing in New Bataan.
Army Maj. Gen. Ariel Bernardo says 51 people died and 98 others are missing in nearby Davao Oriental province, mostly due to flooding and toppled trees.
Disaster-response agencies reported seven other typhoon-related deaths elsewhere.