The number of deaths caused by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines rose Saturday to 1,067, while the process of identifying the victims continues, as does the search for 834 missing persons and the distribution of aid to the 6.2 million people affected by the storm, according to official figures.
The national emergency management office, which is coordinating the effort, raised the number of injured to 2,666 in the archipelago's central and southern regions, laid waste when the typhoon swept through the region between Dec. 4-6.
Some 13,940 people spent Friday night in 87 shelters for evacuees, 2,252 more Filipinos than on the previous day.
"Pablo," the local name for the typhoon, destroyed 76,198 homes, many of them thatched huts, and damaged another 102,143.
Nine bridges and a highway remained closed to traffic Saturday morning, while power outages continue to afflict 29 areas.
Losses caused by storm damage are valued at 34,409 million pesos ($836 million), of which an estimated 77 percent are in agriculture.
Emergency management director Benito Ramos said it will take years for the ravaged areas to recover, particularly in the hardest hit provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental on the southern island of Mindanao.
Bopha turned out to be the country's worst typhoon this year and concludes a season that usually begins in June and ends in November.
A similar phenomenon occurred last year with Typhoon Washi, which hit the Philippines the week before Christmas when the storm season was thought to be over and killed some 1,200 people.
Deforestation, the proliferation of illegal mining, inadequate infrastructure and the spread of shantytowns increase the devastating effects of typhoons and the floods affecting the archipelago during the monsoon season. EFE