Killer storm Bopha has left at least 322 people dead in the Philippines. The victims of the category 5 typhoon were hit with winds of 160 mph. High seas, flash floods and landslides all contributed to the carnage. Another 401 people are reporting injuries and 378 are unaccounted for.
The hardest hit island was Mindinao which bore the brunt of the storm. Many of the shelters were simply blown away. A government relief shelter counted soldiers among the dead when a flash flood wiped out their camp.
On Mindinao, water reservoirs dug to catch rainwater failed in the storm’s fury adding more mud and debris to the swollen rivers.
The island nations of Micronesia were also slammed by Bopha.While damage to property was extensive, no fatalities have been reported from those islands.
The superstorm has now set its sights on Vietnam or Southern China.