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Storms in Philippines Leave At Least 1,000 Dead or Missing


Philippine officials, fearing the spread of disease, are urging people to quickly bury hundreds of victims killed in two storms this week.

The military says at least 1,000 people are dead or missing from floods and mudslides caused by the typhoons, which hit provinces in the northeast of the country.

Officials are assessing the damage from the latest and most powerful storm, Typhoon Nanmadol, which slammed into the coast Thursday packing sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour.

Nanmadol is the fourth storm to hit the Philippines in less than two weeks.

In a televised statement Friday President Gloria Arroyo said, "We need one great heave to deliver the relief supplies, find the missing, rescue the isolated, feed the hungry and shelter the homeless."

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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