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Typhoon Bopha ravages Philippines, 500 dead, thousands missing

Manila: Nearly 200,000 people were homeless and 500 confirmed dead after the Philippines’ worst typhoon this year, officials said on December 6, as the government appealed for international help.

Typhoon Bopha ploughed across Mindanao Island on December 4, flattening whole towns in its path as hurricane-force winds brought torrential rain that triggered a deadly combination of floods and landslides.

The army said it was looking for at least 377 missing people while seeking help for more than 179,000 others who sheltered in schools, gyms and other buildings after losing everything.