Typhoon Bopha ‘Pablo’ pounds Philippines, kills at least 40

Typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo) makes landfall in the Philippine island of Mindanao at 4:45 am local time on Tuesday bringing heavy rains and strong winds and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

According to reports, at least 40 people are feared dead or missing, and is expected to rise. The storm have destroyed homes and brought down power and communication lines.

Bopha is a category 5 equivalent hurricane, having a maximum sustained winds of 140mph, has a 373-mile-wide rain band. It is the strongest storm to slam the southern part of Philippines this year.

This just came in, death toll rises to 81 according to ABS-CBN News. For more news and updates, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle in Google+and we will keep you posted directly on your news feeds.

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