The death toll from Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines rose Wednesday to 740 as authorities and international organizations are struggling to attend to the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their homes or been otherwise affected by the storm.
The National Council for the Prevention and Response to Disasters reported that another 890 people remain missing and there are 1,947 people who were injured in the central and southern part of the archipelago when the storm hit last week.
Evacuation centers have the capacity to shelter just 100,000 of the 778,000 people who lost their homes.
The United Nations has launched a worldwide campaign to collect $65 million to help the storm victims.
Bopha destroyed more than 57,000 homes, many of them rickety shacks, and damaged another 76,000, the Philippine government said.
Damage to infrastructure and agriculture has been estimated at more than $340 million.
President Benigno Aquino on Saturday declared a national state of emergency to facilitate the use of public funds, the provision of loans and to control the price of food in the affected areas, among other things.
Bopha is the worst typhoon to hit the country so far this year.
Last year, Typhoon Washi unexpectedly blasted the Philippines in the week before Christmas killing some 1,200 people.
Deforestation, the proliferation of illegal mines, the lack of infrastructure and the spread of shantytowns increase the devastating effects of the typhoons and the associated flooding that plague the archipelago during monsoon season. EFE