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Flash floods kill at least 450 in Philippines


MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Flash floods have devastated a southern Philippines region unaccustomed to serious storms.

   Red Cross officials and others say at least 450 people have been killed. Hundreds are missing.

   Two coastal cities have been turned into muddy, debris-filled waterways strewn with overturned vehicles and toppled trees.

   The Philippines defense secretary and top military officials are planning to fly to the worst-hit city of Cagayan de Oro on Sunday now that the skies are beginning to clear and floodwaters are receding. The military will help oversee search-and-rescue efforts and deal with thousands of displaced villagers.

   The head of the government's disaster-response agency says among the items urgently needed are coffins and body bags. Benito Ramos says "It's overwhelming. We didn't expect these many dead."

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