DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 22, 2012) – More than 200 corpses were buried in a mass grave on Saturday in Compostela Valley province in the southern Philippines, as the search for those still missing from the deadly typhoon Bopha still continues.
The bodies were already decomposing and needed to be buried to prevent the spread of diseases in the town of New Bataan, one of the hardest hit by the typhoon that ravaged Mindanao on December 4.
Local officials said the cadavers were already beyond recognition and that nobody had claimed them despite efforts to locate their relatives or families. Hundreds more had been claimed and buried by their kin in the past weeks.
More than 1000 people had died and hundreds more are still unaccounted for in Compostela Valley and Davao region. (Mindanao Examiner)