The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year surged to 375 on Monday, the national police said, as desperate survivors pleaded for urgent supplies of drinking water and food.
Another 500 were injured and 56 were missing in the latest disaster to hit the archipelago, the police tally showed.
The storm tore off roofs, uprooted trees, toppled concrete power poles, smashed wooden houses to pieces, wiped out crops and flooded villages — sparking comparisons with Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
“Our situation is so desperate,” said Ferry Asuncion, a street vendor in the hard-hit seaside city of Surigao, which was devastated by the storm.
They urgently needed “drinking water and food,” he said.
One of the hardest-hit islands was Bohol — known for its beaches, rolling “Chocolate Hills,” and tiny tarsier primates — where at least 74 people have died, provincial Governor Arthur Yap said on his official Facebook page.