warning Hi, we've moved to USCANNENBERGMEDIA.COM. Visit us there!

Neon Tommy - Annenberg digital news

Second Storm Approaches Philippines

Hannah Madans |
December 9, 2012 | 3:46 p.m. PST

Senior News Editor

Philippines flag (Creative Commons)
Philippines flag (Creative Commons)
A storm is approaching the Philippines a few days after a powerful storm caused 540 deaths and $200 million in damages.

The storm made landfall Tuesday and then headed to the South China Sea. It then changed course and headed to the Philippines, according to the Daily Beast.

Around 850 people remain missing and 1,000 were injured.

Reuters reported:

The Philippines weather bureau issued storm alerts for northern provinces on the main island of Luzon as Bopha, with greatly reduced winds at its centre of 55 kph (35 mph), changed course back towards land after heading into the South China Sea.

Typhoon Bopha first hit land on Tuesday with winds stronger than Hurricane Sandy that devastated the U.S. East Coast in October.

Residents in typhoon-hit areas on southern Mindanao island have been appealing for food, water and other relief supplies.

On Saturday, President Benigno Aquino declared a state of national calamity in the typhoon-hit areas to control prices of basic commodities and allow local governments to draw special calamity funds for relief operations.



Craig Gillespie directed this true story about "the most daring rescue mission in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.”

Watch USC Annenberg Media's live State of the Union recap and analysis here.