Typhoon that killed hundreds makes U-turn, threatens Philippines again

5:59 PM, Dec 8, 2012   |    comments
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NEW BATAAN, Philippines - A typhoon that killed nearly 600 people and left hundreds missing in the southern Philippines has made a U-turn and is now threatening the country's northwest

The country's weather bureau raised storm warnings over parts of the main northern island of Luzon today after Typhoon Bopha veered northeast. Forecasters say there's a strong possibility the storm would make a second landfall tomorrow, though it also could make a loop and remain in the South China Sea.

In either case, the storm is moving close to shore and disaster officials are warning of heavy rains and winds and possible landslides in the mountains.

Another calamity in the north would stretch recovery efforts thin. Most government resources, including army and police, are currently focused on the south, where the typhoon struck Tuesday.

Officials in the south say search teams are working without the help of local guides because many survivors there are still in shock.

Soldiers, police and outside volunteers continue to search for bodies or signs of life under the tons of fallen trees and boulders swept down from the steep hills that surround the worst-hit town of New Bataan.

The Associated Press

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