It's terrible that this country where I was once stationed and so full of wonderful people is always reeling from one disaster to another. Those made by nature, and others of the human variety. God bless the Philippine people in the mudslide areas.
MANILA, Philippines (CNN) -- The deadly typhoon that slammed into the Philippines has killed at least 303 people and injured 163 others, officials said Saturday.
The National Disaster Coordinating Council said another 293 people were missing in the wake of Typhoon Durian, which triggered massive flooding and volcanic mudslides.
Officials said 38,473 were being housed in evacuation shelters.
The Red Cross said rescue boats ushered people to shelters and were used to survey the damage.
Many provinces in the chain of islands lost power, which made communication practically impossible and some of the areas were in "neck-deep" water, said Gwendolyn Pang, executive assistant to the Red Cross director.
Durian is the fourth devastating typhoon to strike the Philippines in the past four months.
Reminder- My wife was born in the Philippines but is not from the region struck by Typhoon Durian.
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