[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."FULL STORY