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Typhoon rips through Philippines

Monday, December 03, 2012 - 00:56

Dec. 4 - Typhoon Bopha hits the southern Philippines, killing at least four and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Homes and businesses ripped apart by Typhoon Bopha. Winds of up to 210 kph, or 130 mph, hit the southern Philippines when the storm made landfall on Tuesday. At least four people have been killed and others injured by falling trees and debris. (SOUNDBITE) (Visayan) RESIDENT OF DESTROYED HOUSE SAYING: "I was in the kitchen, then I heard a crack. Something fell on the entire house. Everything collapsed." More than 50,000 have been evacuated to temporary shelters. Thirteen fishermen were helped to safety after being stranded at sea and battered by large waves. (SOUNDBITE) (Visayan) RESCUED FISHERMAN SAYING: "We couldn't budge, the waves were too strong. We just waited in the boat." About 20 typhoons hit the Philippines annually, but this storm is the strongest of the year.

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Typhoon rips through Philippines

Monday, December 03, 2012 - 00:56