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» 12/05/2012
PHILIPPINES
Mindanao: shelters collapse from typhoon Bopha
Fr Vettoretto, PIME missionary in Arakan Valley, talks about the difficult situation in the areas struck by the typhoon. Landslides and swelling rivers sweep away buildings used as shelters. Dozens are dead in the provinces of Davao Oriental, Campostela Valley and Cagayan de oro.

Mindanao (AsiaNews) - "The situation is tragic. Many areas are isolated and it is hard to know how many people have died or how many have been evacuated," Fr Giovanni Vettoretto told AsiaNews. A missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), the clergyman works at the mission in the Arakan Valley, one of the areas worst hit by Typhoon Bopha, which has been causing havoc on the Island of Mindanao (southern Philippines).  The authorities currently put the death toll at 230 with more than 90,000 displaced.

"Rescue teams are hard pressed to reach the remotest areas, where there could be dozens of dead," the missionary added. "Water and landslides have hit numerous evacuation centres in the village of Andap (Campostela Valley) where two schools used by the displaced for shelter have collapsed."

The hardest hit areas include the provinces of Cotabato, Davao Orientale, Campostela Valley and Cagayan de Oro; this last one had already been devastated by Typhoon Washi in December 2011, with more than a thousand dead.

Fr Vettoretto said that he is contact with the dioceses and the parishes in the most affected areas, where Caritas and other organisations are already working with local authorities.

The typhoon battered the southern island of Mindanao starting yesterday, with heavy rain and winds reaching highs of 210 km/h. This forced the authorities to move tens of thousands of residents.

At present, the typhoon is travelling towards the western island of Palawan. By early tomorrow morning, it should be out into the South China Sea.

Experts do not exclude the possibility that it might reach China's coastline, sowing death and destruction. (S.C.)


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See also
12/10/2012 PHILIPPINES
Mindanao: AsiaNews supporting the work of Caritas among the victims of Typhoon Bopha
12/06/2012 PHILIPPINES
Mindanao: landsides and mud hamper rescue in areas hit by Typhoon Bopha
12/04/2012 PHILIPPINES
Typhoon Bopha hits the Philippines, two dead and more than 40 thousand displaced
12/07/2012 PHILIPPINES
Mindanao: typhoon victims increase, shelters near collapse
12/27/2011 PHILIPPINES
Mindanao: outpouring of solidarity for flood victims

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