December 5th, 2012
05:20 PM ET

Typhoon Bopha carves across Philippines, killing 418

[Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET] The death toll from Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines has risen to 418, with 445 other people injured and 383 missing, according the country's National Disaster Rescue Reduction and Management Council.

[Updated at 1:44 p.m. ET] The death toll from Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines has risen to 322, with 401 people injured and 378 missing, according the country's National Disaster Rescue Reduction and Management Council.

[Posted at 2:19 a.m. ET] An intense typhoon has carved across the southern Philippines, destroying buildings, setting off floods and landslides and killing at least 95 people, authorities said Wednesday.

Typhoon Bopha struck the large southern island of Mindanao, which is rarely in the direct path of tropical cyclones, fueling fears that it could be as devastating as a storm that killed more than 1,200 people there almost a year ago.

Bopha, the most powerful typhoon to hit Mindanao in decades, had top winds of 175 kph (110 mph) as it came ashore over the city of Baganga early Tuesday. Millions of people, many of whom live in remote and unprepared communities, were in the storm's path, Philippine authorities and aid groups said.

"It really is getting to be a very, very big typhoon and it's just starting," Richard Gordon, the head of the Philippine Red Cross, said Tuesday.

Trees have been uprooted and fragile houses blown away on Mindanao, Gordon said, adding that the corrugated iron roofs of some buildings were being carried through the air by the wind like "flying machetes."

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  1. BOMBO ©

    I'll see if I can get hold of the in-laws. I think they're OK where they are.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. BOMBO ©

    Why did saywhat get deleted? His comment was fine.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nancy

    We are all battened down here in Tennessee. Windows are boarded over. Bread, milk, and bananas bought. Hope everyone here and elsewhere will be ok

    December 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff

      Please be careful our friend. We hope it doesn't get too bad there.

      December 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    Having traveled extensively throughout the Philippines, I can understand the devastation caused by the high winds...Their non existent building codes being the major reason. Yet this country has been ravaged by monsoons and typhoons for centuries and despite having many rural communities, it hard for me to fathom the article's premise that the population was unprepared for this event. The people of the Philippine s may be relatively poor but they do have access to Radios,TVs and cell phones...So I would guess the "government" failed their citizens by not giving correct or sufficient information concerning the storm and its strength!

    December 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Shankar L. Chaudhary

    So bad. Govt.of philippine and International Help Line must protect the victim of typhoon Bopha.

    (By: Shankar L. Chaudhary
    Eastern Region, Nepal)

    December 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Greg

    Winds are really picking up here in Nashville. Looks like it's gonna be a bad one. Everyone be safe.

    December 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. s kel

    Bombo I too have in-law family that are here but are part philippine also. I hope those of the extended family are safe.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse | Reply

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