Philippines typhoon death toll rises to around 230, hundreds missing

December 5, 2012

MANILA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The death toll from the

Philippines' strongest typhoon this year rose to around 230,

with hundreds missing, local government officials said on


Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and

gusts of up to 160 kph (93 mph), hit beach resorts and dive

spots in northern Palawan on Wednesday, a day after slamming

into a southern island, destroying homes, causing landslides and

killing hundreds.

(Reporting by Michael Perry)