More than 41,000 people evacuated from high-risk areas and six killed as Typhoon Bopha smashes into south.
Al Jazeera, December 4
Typhoon Bopha, the strongest tropical storm to hit the Philippines this year, has slammed into a southern island, killing at least six people, destroying homes, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of flights and ferry services, officials said.
The state weather service said Bopha made landfall on Mindanao island’s east coast at dawn on Tuesday, raking across the island of 10 million people, packing gusts of up to 210km an hour and bringing heavy rain.
At least four people were confirmed dead and dozens injured, officials told Al Jazeera. Local media reported as many as 20 deaths in a landslide in the Compostela Valley, but there was no official verification at the time of writing.
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