Typhoon in the Philippines leaves at least 283 dead

Typhoon in the Philippines leaves at least 283 dead

Cagayan de Oro : Philippines | Dec 05, 2012 at 6:03 AM PST
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Typhoon Pablo (or Bopha) has left the southern Philippines with millions in property damages, buried homes and families due to landslides, and hundreds of people missing. At least 283 are dead, authorities said Wednesday.

The typhoon is the strongest this year to slam the Philippines, with central winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph). As it moved out of Philippine territory going west, it was unremitting the beach resorts and dive spot in Palawan island.

When the typhoon made a landfall on Tuesday, the island of Mindanao was badly hit. Hundreds of dead body were discovered in Compostela Valley since the typhoon slammed the region and caused major landslides and floods.

"The waters came so suddenly and unexpectedly, and the winds were so fierce," the Compostela Valley governor, Arthur Uy, told Reuters by telephone.

Lifeless bodies of victims were covered by cloth and banana leaves. Rescuers are still searching for missing people.

"It's hard to say how many more are missing," Maestre said. "We're now searching everywhere."

Philippine President Aquino's Facebook page is updated for whats going on. He is happy to announced that the quicked responsed to natural disasters had a huge improvement.

"Right now, typhoon Pablo is departing the Philippines. I am happy to say that we have made considerable progress in how we anticipate and respond to natural disasters. Just as government has become proactive, I am seeing a greater spirit of cooperation among our fellow citizens. Still, Pablo has taken its toll, and I am confident that those of you who have always been giving generously in the past will take the time to lend a helping hand where it is needed. We are proving to the world that geographical gaps cannot shake the unity of the Filipino people," posted on President Aquino's Facebook page.

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