The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

Scores dead as Typhoon Bopha slams into Philippines


MANILA (AFP, REUTERS) - The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year pounded the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday, setting off a mudslide that killed 44 people, tearing up trees, causing floods and forcing thousands to flee their homes to emergency shelters.

Typhoon Bopha, with wind gusts of up to 195 kph, made landfall at dawn, uprooting trees and tearing off roofs.

About 40 people were killed or missing in flash floods and landslides near a mining area on Mindanao, ABS-CBN television reported, saying waters and soil had swept through an army post.

A television reporter said she saw numerous bodies lined up near the army base. An army truck laden with soldiers and civilians was swept away in a flash flood that hit the town, a local official reported earlier. A military spokesman earlier said about 20 people, including six soldiers, were missing.