Typhoon “Durian” hits the Philippines

The typhoon “Durian” which hit the central Philippines last November 30 and December 1, 2006, may have killed up to 400 people after heavy rains and winds sent tonnes of mud and boulders the size of cars crashing onto villages. The most affected provinces were Albay and Camarines Sur.

Durian, locally called “Reming” was the fourth “super typhoon” to hit the Philippines in as many months. In late September, Typhoon Xangsane left 230 people dead and missing in and around Manila. Typhoon Cimaron killed 19 people and injured 58 others last month, and earlier this month, Chebi sliced through the central Luzon region, killing one.

About 20 typhoons and tropical storms hit the Philippines each year.