Thousands flee as typhoon hits Philippines

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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    Typhoon Kills Hundreds in Philippines

    New York Times, By Floyd Whaley, December 5

    Manila — With many roads and bridges washed away, rescue teams struggled on Wednesday to reach isolated villages in the southern Philippines after a powerful out-of-season typhoon tore through the region, leaving more than 270 people dead and hundreds more missing, officials said.

    Typhoon Bopha packed winds of up to 100 miles per hour when it struck on Tuesday, bringing torrential rains that flattened entire villages and left thousands homeless.

    The deaths were concentrated in the Compostela Valley, a mountainous gold mining area, and the neighboring province of Davao Oriental, on the eastern coast of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, a military spokesman, said in a telephone interview late Wednesday afternoon.

    A national disaster official, Benito Ramos, said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon that 274 people had died, 339 were injured and 279 were missing. Those figures were likely to rise, he suggested, since rescue workers had not yet reached several villages in the hardest-hit areas and the casualties there were not known.

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