|Saturday, 24 December 2011 13:49|
MANILA: The death toll from tropical storm Washi (local name Sendong) climbed to 1,100 on Saturday, and the number of people reported missing soared from a dozen to 1,079, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Philippine official statistics.
The total number of population affected by Washi reached 695, 195 persons in 108,798 families in the country's 13 provinces, said a report released by the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in its 6am report.
The estimated cost of damages to infrastructure, agriculture and school buildings topped 1 billion pesos (US$22.94 million), the report said.
Search and retrieval operations are continuing in heavily devastated areas through the concerted efforts of the Philippine armed forces, police and coast guards.