52 killed as typhoon lashes Philippines
- Published: 4 Dec 2012 at 20.55
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Typhoon Bopha killed at least 52 people in the Philippines on Tuesday, officials and television reports said as the strongest storm to hit the country this year wreaked devastation.
ABS-CBN television said 43 of the deaths occurred in one southern town that was in the direct path of Bopha's 210 kilometre (130 mile) an hour winds soon after it hit land on Mindanao island's east coast at dawn.
"I've counted 43 bodies on the floor,'' reporter Vina Araneta told the station by telephone from a government building that she said had been converted into a temporary mortuary in New Bataan town.
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