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Recounting super typhoon Bopha that killed 1901 people

Thursday, December 2nd 2021, 11:30 pm - On December 3, Typhoon Bopha winds reached 280 km/h, destroying areas of Mindanao.

This Day In Weather History is a daily podcast by Chris Mei from The Weather Network, featuring stories about people, communities and events and how weather impacted them.


Unfortunately, a lot of notable weather events that make it into our history are catastrophes. Today's weather history highlight is no different. On December 3, 2012, Typhoon Bopha made landfall as a Category 5 super typhoon over the southern Filipino island of Mindanao.

Bopha, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Pablo, goes down as the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on Mindanao.

The typhoon boasted winds of 280 km/h.

The area was flooded. You can see the rainfall totals below, calculated between Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, 2012. The white line indicates Bopha's track. The heaviest rain was around 9.4 inches. Most areas of eastern Mindanao experienced 3.9 inches of rain.

typhoon Credit: NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce

The typhoon devastated the region. Thousands of people were left homeless and 1,901 people died.

Sonny Day from Davao CIty, Philippines Credit: Sonny Day from Davao City, Philippines

Bopha hit the provinces of Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro provinces before heading toward the southern and central regions of Mindanao. The power was cut and landslides ensued. The storm caused 170,000 people to flee to evacuation centers before dissipating on December 9.

Bopha Credit: Storyful

To hear more about this super typhoon that crashed through a Filipino island, listen to today's episode of "This Day In Weather History".

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Thumbnail courtesy of The UN Refugee Agency

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