27 Dec 2011

Philippine typhoon toll rises

9:31 pm on 27 December 2011

Almost 1500 people are now known to have died in the flash floods that struck the Philippines more than a week ago.

Officials say more bodies have been found in the waters south of the island of Mindanao.

The BBC reports it is not clear how many people are still missing but the officials say the search for bodies will continue.

The National Disaster Agency says it could take up to six months to build temporary housing for the 60,000 made homeless by the storm.

Typhoon Washi struck from 16 to 18 December, devastating the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Illigan.

Many of those who died were sleeping as Typhoon Washi caused rivers to burst their banks, leading to landslides.

Entire villages were washed away.