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Philippines Flash Flood Photos: Hundreds Dead After Tropical Storm Brings Flash Floods, Landslides

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 12/17/11 06:15 PM ET Updated: 12/20/11 07:01 PM ET

The death toll continues to rise as Philippines residents attempt to recover from the effects of tropical storm Washi (known as Sendong in the Philippines) that wreaked damage and devastation as it passed over the islands Friday night.

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More than 400 residents have been pronounced dead and hundreds are missing after flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rains swept through the area at about 2:30 a.m.

Officials say most people died from drowning, Bloomberg reports.

The government deployed about 20,000 soldiers to help with recovery efforts in cities on the north coast of the island of Mindanao, according to the AFP. Thousands of residents have been displaced by the storm.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered the country's condolences to those affected by the storm.

"The U.S. government stands ready to assist Philippine authorities as they respond to this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected," she said in a statement.

WARNING: Some photos contain graphic content that may not be suitable for all audiences.

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