16 Dec 2012

Philippines storm toll passes 1000

9:26 pm on 16 December 2012

The number of people killed after Typhoon Bopha struck the southern Philippines has risen to more than 1000.

The civil defence department says with nearly 850 people still missing, the toll is likely to rise further.

The storm struck the Philippines on 4 December, with the southern island of Mindanao worst affected.

The BBC reports that many of those still unaccounted for are fishermen who went to sea before the storm hit.

The number of people known to have died now stands at 1020, the national disaster relief agency said.

The storm displaced hundreds of thousands of people and caused severe damage to property and infrastructure.

More than 27,000 people remain in evacuation centres, with many more sheltering at the homes of friends and family.