Maoist rebels pose 'minimal' risk to Philippine typhoon rescue mission

December 10, 2014 6:44 AM

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Maoist rebels pose 'minimal' risk to Philippine typhoon rescue mission

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine rescue teams were struggling on Wednesday to reach upland communities on an eastern island which took the brunt of a typhoon at the weekend amid security fears in an area known as a hotbed of Maoist insurgents.

Typhoon Hagupit destroyed nearly 16,500 houses and damaged more than 33,100 on the island of Samar before making its way slowly across the country. It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and on Wednesday was headed for southern Vietnam.

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