Residents saw an uprooted tree to clear the road after Typhoon Bopha hit Tagum City, in the southern Philippines. The typhoon forced 41,600 in coastal areas to flee their homes. Photo by Reuters.
Typhoon Bopha, the strongest tropical storm to hit the
Philippines this year, slammed into a southern island,
destroying homes, cutting power and forcing the cancellation
of flights and ferry services, officials said.
Bopha, with wind gusts of up to 195 kmh 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
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 1500
people on Mindanao in 2011.
"We have suffered enough," Felicitas Cabusao said,
clutching a Holy Rosary beside her crying 12-year-old
Cabusao said her daughter survived typhoon Washi's fury in
December 2011 after she was washed out to sea after flash
floods swept entire coastal villages inCagayan de Oro City.
Dozens of domestic flights and ferry services in central and
southern Philippines were suspended, schools and some
businesses were closed as police and fire engine sirens
wailed, warning people to move to higher ground.
Ceballos and nearly 40,000 residents in coastal areas on
Mindanao's easternmost provinces were evacuated to safer
areas eight hours before Bopha made landfall.
Bopha, with a storm cloud covering of 500kms, was moving
west-northwest and was expected to move out to South China
Sea by Thursday (local time), weather forecasters said.