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November 14, 2013

Typhoon-struck Philippine city begins mass burial

TACLOBAN, Philippines — A Philippines city devastated by the typhoon has begun burying its dead in a mass grave.

The ceremony took place Thursday in a graveyard just outside the city of Tacloban, where workers buried 30 bodies in black bags.  No prayers were said.

Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez says he hopes it is “the last time I see something like this.”

Bodies have littered the streets of Tacloban since the typhoon hit on Friday, reducing most of the city of 220,000 to rubble.

Authorities say 2,357 have been confirmed dead, but that figure is expected to rise, perhaps significantly, when information is collected from other areas of the disaster zone.

Most damage appears to be concentrated on coastal regions of two main islands — Leyte and Samar.

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