Weakened typhoon set to make second landfall in Philippines

By REUTERS
December 9, 2012 07:19

 
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NEW BATAAN, Philippines - A much-weakened storm was set to make landfall in the Philippines' northwest on Sunday, five days after the year's strongest typhoon killed 540 people in the south.

Typhoon Bopha first hit land on Tuesday with winds stronger than Hurricane Sandy that devastated the US East Coast in October.

On Saturday, President Benigno Aquino declared a state of national calamity in the typhoon-hit areas to control prices of basic commodities and allow local governments to draw special calamity funds for relief operations.

The official death toll rose to 540 people and nearly 850 are still missing; more than 1,000 were injured and about 370,000 are in temporary shelter areas.

Humanitarian agencies said some 5.4 million people affected by the typhoon urgently need food, potable water and shelter.

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