he death toll from Typhoon Bopha has soared to nearly 500 in the southern Philippines, as search teams reach remote communities that were flattened by the storm's deadly mix of hurricane-force winds, floods, and landslides. Nearly 200,000 people have been left homeless. Rescue teams found one survivor Wednesday who had been trapped for two days under rocks and debris left behind when a flash flood obliterated a tiny hamlet of coconut and banana farmers. The man, Carlos Agang, said he, his wife, and their four children were swept away in an instant. He doesn't know if anyone else in his family made it out alive. "It's a miracle that I survived," he said before being airlifted to a hospital with a broken leg, "but I might as well be dead."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy
- Attack of the invasive species
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- 14 wonderful words with no English equivalent
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Why I'm a pro-life liberal
- Why would a young person today be religious?
- Which states get screwed worst by the Electoral College?
Subscribe to the Week