Typhoon turns back towards Philippines

2012-12-08 14:57
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Manila - A typhoon that has killed hundreds of people and left tens of thousands homeless in the southern Philippines has turned back towards the country and will hit it again, forecasters said on Saturday.

Typhoon Bopha will slam into the northern tip of the main island of Luzon early on Sunday, packing gusts of up to 160km/h, the state weather service said.

It was likely to bring heavy rainfall to the area, civil defence office director Benito Ramos told a news conference. "People there need to take precautions," he added.

The eye of the cyclone was 230km west of the northern town of Sinait at 16:00 (0800 GMT) and moving slowly northeast, the service said.

Heavy to intense rainfall was expected within the typhoon's 400km footprint, it added.

Bopha smashed into the east coast of the southern island of Mindanao with gusts of up to 210km/h on Tuesday. At least 548 people have been killed and about 500 others missing.

Around 212 000 other people have also been left homeless, according to the civil defence office.

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