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Philippines grapples with typhoon aftermath as death toll tops 300

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By Karen Lema and Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA (Reuters) – More than 300 people have been in killed by a powerful typhoon in the Philippines that destroyed homes, flooded towns, severed power and communications lines and displaced hundreds of thousands in its central and southern regions. Military airplanes and naval vessels were dispatched on Monday to carry aid to areas devastated by Typhoon Rai, as the country grappled with the strongest of 15 such storms to hit the archipelago this year. “We are still assessing the damage, but it is huge,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters on Mo…

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