Hundreds Dead After Typhoon Rocks Philippines

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 5 2012 11:29 AM

Hundreds Dead After Powerful Typhoon Rocks Philippines

157634410
Residents from a nearby village with their belongings evacuate to a safer place in the village of Andap, New Bataan town, Compostela Valley province on December 5, 2012, a day after the powerful Typhoon Bopha hit the province

Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images.

A powerful typhoon has left hundreds dead and thousands more without homes in the southern Philippines. Officials and first-responders peg the current count at 274 confirmed dead and another 339 injured, but those numbers are certain to grow given rescue teams are still trying to navigate destroyed roads, washed away bridge and downed power lines to reach many villages.

Tyhoon Bopha made landfall on Tuesday with central winds of 75 mph and gusts of up to 93 mph, triggering landslides and floods along the coast and in farming and mining towns inland. More than 20 serious tropical storms hit the Philippines every year. Bopha, however, was unusual in that this time of year is not generally considered typhoon season and it took an unusual path, striking remote inland communities not accustomed to such strong storms.

Advertisement

The governor of worst hit province, Compostela Valley, on the island of Mindanao, told Reuters that waves of water and mud came crashing down mountains and swept through schools, town halls, and clinics where huddled residents sought shelter. "The waters came so suddenly and unexpectedly, and the winds were so fierce," said the governor, Arthur Uy.

TODAY IN SLATE

History

Slate Plus Early Read: The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Transparent Is the Fall’s Only Great New Show

The XX Factor

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada

Now, journalists can't even say her name.

Doublex

Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

  News & Politics
History
Sept. 29 2014 11:45 PM The Self-Made Man The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
  Life
Dear Prudence
Sept. 30 2014 6:00 AM Drive-By Bounty Prudie advises a woman whose boyfriend demands she flash truckers on the highway.
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:36 AM Almost Humane What sci-fi can teach us about our treatment of prisoners of war.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath The Methane Lakes of Titan?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.