33 dead in flood in typhoon-hit south Philippines

33 dead in flood in typhoon-hit south Philippines

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This Earth Observatory image made on Dec. 3, 2012, provided by NASA shows Typhoon Bopha moving toward the Philippines. Typhoon Bopha slammed into the Davao region of the Philippines early Tuesday, Dec. 4, killing at least seven people and forcing more than 50,000 to flee from inundated villages. (AP Photo/NASA, Jesse Allen)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 4, 2012 at 8:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine governor says at least 33 villagers and soldiers have drowned when torrents of water dumped by a powerful typhoon rushed down a mountain, engulfing the victims and bringing the death toll from the storm to about 40.

Gov. Arturo Uy says rain from Typhoon Bopha accumulated atop a mountain and then burst down on Andap village in New Bataan town in Compostela Valley early Tuesday.

Uy says the victims included villagers who had fled from their homes to a village hall, which was swamped by the flash flood. An army truck carrying soldiers and villagers also was washed away.

The tragedy brought the typhoon death toll to about 40.
 

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