Subscribe Register Login

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:07 a.m.
Top Picks - Mobile App

Powerful typhoon kills at least 74 in Philippines

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published December 4, 2012 at 8:03 a.m. Updated December 4, 2012 at 11:43 a.m.

— At least 43 villagers and soldiers drowned in a southern Philippine town Tuesday when torrents of water dumped by a powerful typhoon cascaded down a mountain, engulfing emergency shelters and an army truck, officials said. The deaths raised the toll from one of the strongest storms to hit the country this year to at least 74.

Gov. 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.

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 was washed away, according to Uy and army officials.

“They thought that they were already secure in a safe area, but they didn’t know the torrents of water would go their way,” Uy told DZBB radio.

He said the confirmed death toll in the town was likely to rise because several other bodies could not immediately be retrieved from floodwaters strewn with huge logs and debris.

Comments on: Powerful typhoon kills at least 74 in Philippines

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Truck driver

    truck driverindependent Contractors. No truck to own or leas...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Flat bed drivers

    now hiring flatbed driversclass a cdl requiredhome every nig...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Cdl a drivers

    cdl haz-mat Driver Needed F/T for M-F, night, statewide del...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Cocktail server

    cocktail server & bar bussercajun's Wharf seeks experienced....
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Teacher

    teacher for the Visually Impaired 2014-15 School Year for sc...
    FAYETTEVILLE, AR

Search 805 jobs >

Top Picks - Mobile App
Arkansas Online