The death toll from Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines rose Thursday to 902, at a time when authorities and international organizations have scarcely sufficient resources to attend the hundreds of thousands of people affected.
Authorities reported Wednesday that 296 fishermen who went missing over the weekend have been rescued alive.
The seamen set sail from the southeastern coast of the southern island of Mindanao several days before Typhoon Bopha struck, despite warnings by meteorological services.
Following this rescue, the national emergency management office brought the number of missing down to 615.
Meanwhile, the number of injured stands at 1,947.
Evacuation centers have room to shelter only 100,000 of the 778,000 people left homeless by the storm.
Bopha destroyed more than 57,000 homes 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 prevent price-gouging in affected areas.
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