Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Typhoon kills at least 283 in Philippines

Eric de Castro in Reuters: Blocked roads and severed communications in the southern Philippines frustrated rescuers on Wednesday as teams searched for hundreds of people missing after the strongest typhoon this year killed at least 283 people.

Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), battered beach resorts and dive spots on Palawan island on Wednesday but it was weakening as it moved west. Hardest hit was the southern island of Mindanao, where Bopha made landfall on Tuesday. It triggered landslides and floods along the coast and in farming and mining towns inland.

Interior Minister Manuel Roxas said 300 people were missing. "Entire families were washed away," Roxas, who inspected the disaster zone, told reporters.

...According to tallies provided by the military and disaster agency officials, 283 people were killed....

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color, high definition image of powerful, strengthening, Typhoon Bopha, as a category 4 super typhoon, with winds of 240km/h and a pressure of 935hpa at the time the image was taken on December 2, 2012

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