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Typhoon Bopha kills at least 40 in Philippines

The villagers and soldiers drowned when torrents of water dumped by the powerful typhoon rushed down a mountain, engulfing the victims.

Residents assess their house which was damaged by Typhoon Bopha today.
Residents assess their house which was damaged by Typhoon Bopha today.
Image: (AP Photo/Erwin Mascarinas)

AT LEAST 33 villagers and soldiers have drowned in a southern Philippine town when torrents of water dumped by a powerful typhoon rampaged down a mountain, engulfing emergency shelters and washing away an army truck. The deaths raised the toll from the storm to at least 40.

Governor Arturo Uy said rain from Typhoon Bopha accumulated atop a mountain and then burst down on Andap village in New Bataan town in hard-hit Compostela Valley province.

Uy said the victims included villagers who had fled from their homes to a school and village hall, which were then swamped by the flash flood. An army truck carrying soldiers and villagers also was washed away.

Image by NASA shows Typhoon Bopha moving toward the Philippines. (Image: AP Photo/NASA, Jesse Allen)

The confirmed death toll in the town could rise further because several other bodies could not immediately be retrieved from flood waters strewn with huge logs and debris, Uy said.

Army troops and police were not able to reach the town because access roads were blocked by landslides and fallen trees, he said.

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