Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Ukraine's 'volunteer' battalions: Under Kiev's control?

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

US strategy to combat the Islamic State group

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Nigeria attack: Bomb blast in college in Kano

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'It's No Go' as Scotland rejects independence

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Scotland's relationship status: 'It's complicated'

Read more

DEBATE

Scotland Referendum: Will They Stay or Will They Go?

Read more

DEBATE

Hollande Press Conference: French President Tackles Record Unpopularity

Read more

FOCUS

Cleaning up Thailand's shady surrogacy industry

Read more

ENCORE!

The Biennale des Antiquaires: Where Miro meets million-dollar jewellery and antiques

Read more

Asia-pacific

Typhoon Bopha wreaks havoc in southern Philippines

Video by Catherine VIETTE

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2012-12-06

The Philippine government appealed for international aid Thursday as rescue teams struggled to reach hundreds of people missing after typhoon Bopha wreaked havoc in the southern part of the archipelago. At least 477 people have been confirmed dead.

Rescue operations were underway on Thursday after typhoon Bopha wreaked havoc in the southern Philippines, killing at least 477 people according to government figures. The strongest typhoon to hit the archipelago this year made landfall in the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday, triggering deadly landslides and devastating floods both along the coast and inland.

The Philippine government has issued an appeal for international help as local aid efforts were frustrated by blocked roads, collapsed bridges and severed communications. Rescue teams were also seeking to help more than 250,000 homeless people who were sheltered in schools, gyms, and other buildings after losing everything.

Date created : 2012-12-06

  • PHILIPPINES

    Philippines death toll from Typhoon Bopha climbs

    Read more

  • PHILIPPINES

    Battered Philippines braced for fresh rainstorms

    Read more

  • PHILIPPINES

    Philippines appeals for aid after devastating floods

    Read more

COMMENT(S)