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Philippines Begins Cleanup After Typhoon Hagupit

The storm killed at least 27 people and wrecked thousands of homes in central provinces.

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A resident hangs laundry as she stands in front of destroyed houses in Borongan, in the eastern Samar province, in central Philippines, a day after Typhoon Hagupit hit the province, on Dec. 8, 2014.

Typhoon Hagupit weakened further on Tuesday as the storm crawled across the central Philippines, while rescue workers struggled in its aftermath to reach towns in central provinces where thousands of homes were wrecked and at least 27 people killed. --Reuters

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Soldiers join together to pull a fallen tree toppled by Typhoon Hagupit in Eastern Samar, in central Philippines on Dec. 8.

Nearly 13,000 houses were crushed and more than 22,300 were partially damaged in Eastern Samar province, where Hagupit first hit land as a category 3 typhoon on Saturday, local officials said.

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Soldiers are silhouetted as they carry sacks containing relief goods for typhoon Hagupit victims in Borongan, Eastern Samar, central Philippines, on Dec. 9.

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A mother and her child sit next to their house destroyed by Typhoon Hagupit at a village along a highway in San Julian town, Eastern Samar province, on Dec. 9.

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Filipino typhoon victims burn collected debris at a coastal village in the typhoon-hit town of Villarial, Samar island, on Dec. 8.

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Filipino typhoon victims walk through heavy mud in Taft, Samar island, on Dec. 8.

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A woman feeds her daughter, as they join other residents taking refuge in a gymnasium which has been converted into an evacuation center in San Juan town, Batangas province, south of Manila, on Dec. 8.

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