Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/7/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

More than 400 people killed in wake of Typhoon Bopha

Typhoon Bopha has killed at least 420 people in the southern Philippines, with nearly 400 other people still reported as missing. Survivors have begun the grim task of burying their loved ones as rescue teams continue their search for survivors.

The United Nations has offered to mobilize international support for to help authorities deal with the disaster. A spokesman said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had sent 'sincere condolences' to the Philippine government.

The United Nations has offered to mobilize international support for to help authorities deal with the disaster. A spokesman said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had sent "sincere condolences" to the Philippine government.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/7/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Typhoon BNopha, Philippines, death toll. drowning, Aquino


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Officials in Compostela Valley, one of the worst-hit provinces on the island of Mindanao, have considered mass graves for all the unclaimed bodies killed by the typhoon which struck Mindanao Island on Tuesday, triggering landslides and flash floods.

"We are thinking of burying the unclaimed bodies on health concerns," Major General Ariel Bernardo, an army division commander told Reuters news agency. "The foul smell is becoming strong."

In addition to the dead and missing, at least 250,000 people have been left homeless after the storm.

The United Nations has offered to mobilize international support for to help authorities deal with the disaster. A spokesman said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had sent "sincere condolences" to the Philippine government.

The majority of the confirmed dead had lived in a steep valley in the country's south. Areas that were assumed safe from high water flooding, such as two emergency shelters, became among the worst hit in the onslaught. A flash flood swamped the two emergency shelters in the New Bataan village of Andap, killing 80 people.

Authorities estimate that 215 victims died in Compostela Valley and more than 151 perished in nearby Davao Oriental province, with the rest were in other central and southern provinces.

Now weakened, Bopha is slowly moving north-northwest towards the South China Sea.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino visited communities devastated by a deadly typhoon. He says he will find ways to prevent storm disasters.

"We want to find out why this tragedy happened and how to keep these tragedies from happening again," he told dazed survivors after arriving by helicopter in New Bataan which bore the brunt of the deadly cyclone.

"I am here to listen and hear explanations. This is not a time for accusations. It is a time for work," Aquino said. The president help hand out food packs to about 2,000 people sheltering at a government gymnasium, one of the few structures left standing.

Boxer Manny Pacquiao has also pledged support for the victims of the devastating typhoon.

"I am aware of what is going on, and my prayers are with the people of the Philippines," Pacquiao said. "I have people who are monitoring the situation, and they will handle anything I asked them to do."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Rare conjoined twins born in Indonesia with attached chest, abdomen - and heart Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Conjoined twin girls in Indonesia have been born with a very rare genetic condition. Both girls share a chest, abdomen - and a heart. Photos have been circulated showing the babies in a hospital bed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Soetomo Hospital in ... continue reading


Isolation, depression hounds tuberculosis patients as virulently as the disease Watch

Image of Doctors at St. Stephen's Hospital, which gets funding from the charity United Way Worldwide, say the mental health home care program is effective and should be in the national TB program.

By Nita Bhalla, Thomson Reuters Foundation

When Indian street-food seller Kumar Pal first began treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis two years ago, he quickly spiraled into depression and gave up hope of living. NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Weighing just 77 pounds, shunned by his ... continue reading


TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY: 600 high school students expelled for cheating in Eastern India Watch

Image of The people tried to reach the windows of the classrooms where the students were taking their exams.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In its attempts to become a world leader and an economic powerhouse, the nation of India is taking those who take academic shortcuts, by cheating in school, extremely harshly. More than six hundred students were expelled in eastern India. Pictures of friends ... continue reading


Lawyer for doctor who helped track down Osama bin Laden ASSASSINATED Watch

Image of Senior police officer Shakir Khan said unidentified assailants shot and killed Samiullah Khan Afridi (pictured) this morning in the northwestern city of Peshawar before fleeing the scene.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An important link in the take down of al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden has been ruthlessly gunned down in retaliation. Attorney Samiullah Khan Afridi, murdered by suspected Taliban gunmen was the legal representative for Dr. Shakil Afridi. The doctor provided ... continue reading


VIDEO BLOCKED: Islamic State video shows Indonesian children training with weapons Watch

Image of Yet another horrible Islamic State video, this one intended to recruit followers in Indonesia depicts Indonesian children, all younger than 15 years of age, training with weapons.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Yet another horrible Islamic State video, this one intended to recruit followers in Indonesia, depicts Indonesian children, all younger than 15 years of age, training with weapons. Produced by Alazzam Media, which claims to be the Malay language media division ... continue reading


Pakistani Prime Minister denounced for failing to protect Christians, religious minorities Watch

Image of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is accused of failing to act on a Supreme Court order, issued last year, to provide security at all places of worship.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pakistan's Prime Minister must take partial blame for the deadly attacks on Christian churchgoers in Lahore this past weekend. Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Kararchi, leader of the country's Catholics, says that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif failed to act ... continue reading


Did researchers find 'yeti' hair samples? Or is it something completely different? Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

According to new research from the journal ZooKeys, the so-called "yeti" hair samples as determined by a prior research, were only from brown bears. In the study's abstract, the researchers stated that they have no reason to conclude the samples came from any other ... continue reading


PAKISTAN'S WORST CHRISTIAN MASSACRE YET: 15 people killed, dozens injured in Lahore church bombings Watch

Image of Area hospitals filled with casualties and scenes of mourning.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pakistan's worst attack on its Christian religious minority occurred this past weekend when two churches in Lahore were targeted by suicide bombers. Fifteen people were killed in all, and at least 70 other people suffered injuries. According to Pakistan Taliban ... continue reading


SHAME OF A NATION: Elderly nun gang-raped by six men in West Bengal Watch

Image of The attack comes at a time of growing awareness about sexual violence against women. There has been increased media reporting of rapes and assaults.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Authorities in eastern India are continuing their search for six men wanted in connection with the gang rape of a 74-year-old nun in West Bengal. Witnesses say the men ransacked the convent school in Ranaghat this past weekend. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


How a single moist towelette on the beach has renewed speculation over the disappearance of Flight MH370 Watch

Image of The discovery of a moist towelette on an Australian beach has many speculating on the disappearance of MH370.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Various media outlets are breaking the news that a single piece of evidence, possibly linked to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, was discovered on an Australian beach last July. The find is a tiny clue in a vast mystery. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 20:10-13
10 I heard so many disparaging me, 'Terror on every ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 18:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 7
2 Yahweh is my rock and my fortress, my deliverer is ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:31-42
31 The Jews fetched stones to stone him,32 ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 27th, 2015 Image

St. Rupert
March 27: Bishop and missionary, also listed as Robert of Hrodbert. A ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter