New Bataan death toll due to 'Pablo' now at 338

Posted at Dec 13 2012 03:30 PM | Updated as of Dec 13 2012 11:30 PM

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MANILA, Philippines -  The death toll from typhoon 'Pablo' in New Bataan now stands at 338, with the figure still expected to rise as 451 remain missing.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, 15 more still unidentified bodies have been recovered, with 10 of the bodies retrieved from Purok 7, an isolated area in New Bataan.

Raffy Santos said ABS-CBN News and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Rescue Team had to walk for 30 to 45 minutes to reach the area.

The rescuers also had to use chainsaws and shovels to get the bodies out under the fallen trees.

The Philippine Army said search and retrieval operations will continue until all the missing people have been accounted for.

ANC Dateline Philippines, December 13, 2012