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Typhoon Bopha leaves hundreds dead in the Philippines

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Residents clean their sofa outside their destroyed house after Typhoon Bopha hit Compostela Valley, southern Philippines, Dec. 5.

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Villagers wash their clothes amidst a destroyed banana plantation after Typhoon Bopha hit Compostela Valley, southern Philippines Dec. 5.

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Residents walk amongst their destroyed houses after Typhoon Bopha hit Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, in southern island of Mindanao on Dec. 4.

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A villager walks on rope across water flooding over a destroyed road following typhoon Bopha in Compostela Valley, southern Philippines Dec. 5.

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Relatives try to identify bodies in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha in New Bataan, Compostela Valley in the southern Philippines on Dec. 5.

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Relatives grieve as they view bodies recovered from floods in New Bataan, Dec. 5.

Reuters reports: MANILA, Philippines -- The death toll from the Philippines' strongest typhoon this year rose on Wednesday to around 230, with hundreds missing in landslides and floodwaters, as the storm continued its destructive path across the island nation.

Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of 75 mph and gusts of up to 93 mph, battered beach resorts and dive spots in northern Palawan on Wednesday, but there was little damage as the storm began to weaken.

Hardest hit were the coastal, farming and mining towns in the southern Mindanao region, where Bopha made landfall on Tuesday, destroying homes, causing landslides and flash flooding and killing at least 230 people. Continue reading...

Typhoon Bopha has killed at least 283 people in the Philippines and left hundreds more missing. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.