Phillipines typhoon. December 4, 2012.
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
MANILA, Philippines - At least 33 villagers and soldiers drowned in a southern Philippine town Tuesday when torrents of water dumped by a powerful typhoon rampaged down a mountain, engulfing emergency shelters and washing away an army truck, officials said. The deaths raised the toll from the storm to at least 40.
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.
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.
The confirmed death toll in the town could rise further because several other bodies could not immediately be retrieved from floodwaters 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.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Did You Hear?
Dr. Akhil Chouksey goes over the best ways to deal with allergy season.
The Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros put on their Wild West Shows with family-friendly jokes and stunts performed by vaudeville-type characters like those popular at the turn of the century.
According to a swimwear seller, picking the best swimsuit for you comes down to three things.
The Scripps News investigative team uncovered 170,000 records containing personal information like social security numbers, birth dates, social security cards, drivers licenses and food stamp cards.