Rescuers struggled to clear roads of debris in a bid to reach areas ravaged by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines Wednesday, as authorities said the toll could go higher than the initial 52 reported deaths.
Workers cut up a fallen tree to clear a road after Typhoon Bopha hit the city of Tagum, Davao del Norter province, on the southern island of Mindanao. A typhoon slammed into the southern Philippines Tuesday, setting off a mudslide that killed 44 people, tearing up trees, causing floods and forcing thousands to flee their homes to emergency shelters.
After toppling trees, triggering deadly flash floods and mudslides and blowing away homes Tuesday, the typhoon had weakened overnight as it prepared to blow off into the South China Sea, forecasters said.
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