December 4, 2012
UPDATE (4): December 19 – CNN reports that over 1,000 have been confirmed dead, with 844 still missing and a staggering 1.2 million people displaced.
UPDATE (3): The Wall Street Journal reports that 540 people have now been confirmed killed and 827 missing after last week’s Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Pablo.
UPDATE (2): The New York Times reports that 450 people are now confirmed dead from Typhoon Bopha. The Financial Times reports that the government of the Philippines has officially linked the severity of the storm to climate change and called upon developed countries to do more to help mitigate its effects.
UPDATE: The New York Times reports that 270 people are now confirmed dead from Typhoon Bopha and hundreds more reported missing.
Typhoon Bopha hit Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Dec. 4, battering the island with 130-mph winds and forcing the evacuation of 40,000 residents. At least 74 have been confirmed dead, including 43 villagers and soldiers caught in a flash flood that engulfed emergency shelters and an army truck.
“It could be the strongest to hit the country this year,” said President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino. “But we can minimise the damage and loss of lives if we help each other.”
Officials say that advanced warning of the storm and properly executed evacuations prevented further loss of life.
Give2Asia has been working in the Philippines since its inception in 2001. We will continue to work with our partners and local advisors to stay abreast of the situation and the relief and recovery process.