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Mass evacuations as typhoon Bopha tears into Philippines

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Mass evacuations as typhoon Bopha tears into Philippines


The strongest tropical storm to strike the Philippines this year has caused havoc, destroying homes and causing widespread damage.
Typhoon Bopha tore into a southern island, bringing down trees and power lines, and ripping roofs off buildings.
At least six people are reported killed. Tens of thousands have been moved to safer areas.
The storm hit the island of Mindanao with winds of more than 200 kilometres an hour. Last year a typhoon killed 1,500 people.
The damage wreaked by Bopha is not on that scale but it is terrifying the local population.
The authorities say they are taking it seriously. “This typhoon is not a joke,” said President Benigno Aquino III.
Many flights and ferry services have been suspended in central and southern Philippines. Schools and businesses have closed down. Mountain villagers have been ordered to move out in case of landslides.
The country suffers around 20 typhoons each year. Storms and floods in August forced more than a million people from their homes.
The typhoon weakened on striking land. Forecasters say it is expected to move out to the South China Sea by Thursday.

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