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Philippines: Typhoon Bopha toll nears 100

Posted on Dec 05, 12:21PM | IBNS

The death toll in a powerful typhoon that hit southern Philippines has touched nearly 100, said reports on Wednesday.

Typhoon Bopha hurtled across the country with wind speeds of more than 200kmph destroying houses and uprooting trees and bringing a lot of rain.

At least 41,000 people were evacuated from high-risk areas ahead of the storm.

Latest reports said the storm weakened overnight as it headed towards the South China Sea.

A large number of flights were cancelled and ferry services suspended owing to the typhoon.

About 20 typhoons hit Philippines every year and Bopha was this year's strongest.