Typhoon Bopha hits the Philippines, 52 dead as mudslide kills 44
Typhoon Bopha, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, killed at least 52 people in total after making landfall on the east coast of Mindanao island at dawn, packing winds of 210 kilometres an hour.
A mudslide in a mountainous area near an army patrol base in New Bataan town killed 43 civilians and a soldier, and injured more than two dozen others, local military spokesman Lyndon Paniza told reporters by telephone.
An ABS-CBN television reporter said she counted the bodies laid out in a government building that was converted into a temporary mortuary.
The typhoon brought driving rain and strong winds to Mindanao, toppling trees and power lines, causing localised flooding and forcing more than 56,000 to seek refuge in emergency shelters ..
Appeal for donations for the victims of Typhoon Pablo-Bopha
Philippine Red Cross
THE UN is to launch a global appeal for millions of typhoon victims in The Philippines as the death toll surged past 600, with 900 people still missing.
“Five million people were affected and they need express assistance,” Ms Wall, the spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.
Nearly 400,000 people, mostly from Compostela Valley and nearby Davao Oriental province, have lost their homes and are crowded inside evacuation centres or staying with relatives.