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article image81 dead as super Typhoon 'Bopha' lashes southern Philippines

By Leo Reyes     Dec 4, 2012 in Environment
As super typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo), continues to rampage across Mindanao in southern Philippines, local authorities have reported at least 81 people killed in different parts of the southern region due to floods, strong wind and mudslides.
ABS-CBN News reported that about half of the reported fatalities were swept away by rampaging flash floods in New Bataan town, Compostela Valley where 42 people perished.
In the province of Davao Oriental, at least 29 people were reported to have died due to flash floods and strong wind.
In Surigao and Agusan del Sur, several fatalities were also reported as Bopha lashes through most parts of Mindanao. Other areas on the path of the typhoon are reporting heavy damages on infrastructure and homes.
The big island of Luzon, including Metro Manila was spared of the wrath of Bopha as it changed course westward late Tuesday afternoon and by early evening the super howler was headed for Palawan and Sulu sea.
According to GMA News, Bopha is " expected to move northwest at 24 kph, and is expected to be 355 km west of Cororn, Palawan Wednesday evening. By Thursday morning, it should be 750 kms west of Metro Manila."
24-hour weather forecast for the Philippines can be viewed here.
The Visayas area, including Negros, Cebu and Bohol, were likewise spared of the Bopha's wrath as it changed direction in late afternoon of Tuesday.
Many parts of Mindanao still remain isolated as power lines were damaged and cut off due to strong wind that fell trees and electric posts at the height of the typhoon on Tuesday.
Thousands of passengers were stranded in many seaports and airports throughout the country as more than 100 flights and several shipping schedules were cancelled due to strong wind and rough seas.
Mindanao is seldom hit by typhoons but in December last year, tropical storm Sendong hit many parts of Mindanao, killing more than 1,200 and leaving damaged farms and infrastructure and left thousands of residents homeless.
Updates on super typhoon Bopha can be viewed here.
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