Philippines: Typhoon Bopha, the Most Destructive this Year

Manila, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) With 418 dead, nearly 215,000 refugees and five million homeless, the typhoon Bopha is described as the most destructive of the year in the Philippines.

The meteor number 19 of 2012, that hit from Tuesday to Thursay this Asian archipiélago, closed a hurricane season, which lasts from June to November, with rare exceptions.

Authorities declared state of emergency for the provinces of Compostela Valley, Central Davao and Surigao del Sur, all in the southern island of Mindanao.

President Benigno Aquino traveled to Compostela Valler and Davao Central with his ministers of Interior, Defense, Health, Transport, Social Welfare, Communications and Environment, in order to adopt appropriate and recovery measures. Aquino urged his Cabinet to find ways to prevent deaths during the occurrence of natural phenomena. “This is no time to argue, it is to work”, he said to a local TV channel.