Ty­phoon death toll hits at least 74

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

At least 43 vil­lagers and sol­diers drowned in a south­ern Philip­pine town Tues­day when tor­rents of water dumped by a pow­er­ful ty­phoon cas­caded down a moun­tain, en­gulf­ing emer­gency shel­ters and an army truck, of­fi­cials said. The deaths raised the toll from one of the strong­est storms to hit the coun­try this year to at least 74. Ty­phoon Bopha slammed into Davao Ori­en­tal province re­gion at dawn, its winds rip­ping roofs from homes and its 310-mile-wide rain band flood­ing farm­land.

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