Typhoon Bopha hits Philippines, destroys homes, 1 dead

By REUTERS
December 4, 2012 06:41

 
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MANILA - Typhoon Bopha, the strongest tropical storm to hit the Philippines this year, slammed into a southern island on Tuesday, destroying homes, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of flights and ferry services, officials said.

Bopha, with wind gusts of up to 195 kph (121 mph), made landfall at dawn, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs, and toppling power and communication lines.

"There goes my house," Landring Ceballos, a fisherman in Davao Oriental province told reporters as he watched in horror as winds lifted his makeshift house and dumped it in the sea.

There was only one confirmed death, but local media said people were injured by flying debris and falling trees.

About 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year, often causing death and destruction. Typhoon Washi killed 1,500 people on Mindanao in 2011.

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