The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 08, 2012
 

Killer typhoon Bopha turns back towards Philippines

 
 

MANILA (AFP) - A typhoon that has killed hundreds of people and left tens of thousands homeless in the southern Philippines has turned back towards the country and will hit it again, forecasters said Saturday.

Typhoon Bopha will slam into the northern tip of the main island of Luzon early Sunday, packing gusts of up to 160km, the state weather service said.

It was likely to bring heavy rainfall to the area, civil defence office director Benito Ramos told a news conference. "People there need to take precautions," he added.

Bopha smashed into the east coast of the southern island of Mindanao with gusts of up to 210km an hour on Tuesday. At least 548 people have been killed and about 500 others missing.