Sunday, December 18, 2011

Death toll from Philippine storm tops 500; hundreds missing - 18th Dec 2011

Devastation from a tropical storm that deluged the southern Philippines mounted on Sunday, with the death toll rising to 548, military officials said.

About 500 people are missing, the Philippine Red Cross said, after entire villages were swept away. The agency offered a different death toll than the military -- 532 -- but it was not clear why.

The stench of death permeated the air as aid workers scrambled to help survivors.

The vast majority of the dead were found in the port cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, according to military and disaster officials. Water-logged bodies from washed-away villages floated at the shoreline, on the northwestern coast of Mindanao island.

Five people were killed in a landslide, but virtually all others died in flash flooding after Tropical Storm. Read More