Typhoon Ray killed at least 112 people after wreaking havoc in the Paradise Island province of the Philippines, killing 63 people.
Bohol County Governor Arthur Yap said ten more are missing and 13 injured, and indicated that deaths may continue to increase dramatically as only 33 out of 48 were able to inform him due to the cut in communications.
Officials were trying to confirm a large number of deaths from landslides and widespread flooding elsewhere.
In comments posted on Facebook, Yap ordered mayors in his county of more than 1.2 million people to call in emergency authorities to secure food and drinking water packages.
He said drinking water was an urgent problem because the stations were down during the power outage.
Typhoon Ray killed at least 112 people after wreaking havoc in the Paradise Island province of the Philippines, killing 63 people. Pictured: An aerial view of destroyed houses in the city of Surigao, in the province of Surigao del Norte.
A post image made available by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) shows members of the Coast Guard carrying out a rescue mission in a flood-affected village in Kabangkalan City, Negros Occidental.
Residents stand amid damaged homes in the aftermath of Typhoon Ray in Talisay, Cebu Province, central Philippines, on Saturday
This photo taken on December 18, 2021 shows motorists going through a fallen electric tower caused by a Super Typhoon Ray after storm Talisay crossed Cebu Province.
After joining a military aerial survey of cyclone-devastated towns, Yap said, “It’s very clear that the damage to Bohol is great and extensive.”
He said the initial inspection did not include four towns, as the cyclone blew as it erupted on Thursday and Friday across central island counties.
The government said about 780,000 people were affected, including more than 300,000 residents who were forced to evacuate their homes.
At least 39 more deaths from the typhoon were reported by the National Disaster Response Agency and the National Police.
Officials in Dynagat Islands, one of the southeastern counties first hit by the typhoon, separately announced just 10 deaths from a few towns, bringing the total death toll so far to 112.
President Rodrigo Duterte traveled to the region on Saturday promising 2 billion pesos ($40 million) in new aid. Aides said the president would visit Bohol on Sunday.
Yesterday, the Met Office Storms tweeted that the typhoon has strengthened again in the South China Sea and is expected to move north, before reaching the coast of Vietnam.
In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, children push a cart next to homes damaged by Typhoon Ray in Surigao del Norte province, southern Philippines, on Saturday.
A woman sits next to houses damaged by Typhoon Ray in Talisay, Cebu Province, central Philippines, on Saturday
In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, trees are torn down along an empty road in Surigao del Norte province, southern Philippines, on Saturday.
In this photo provided by the Philippine Navy, debris is scattered around the damaged Lipata port in Surigao city, Surigao del Norte province in the southern Philippines on Friday.
At its strongest, the hurricane packed sustained winds of 195 kph (121 mph) and gusts of up to 270 kph (168 mph).
It is one of the most powerful islands to hit the disaster-prone archipelago, which lies between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea in recent years.
Flood waters rose rapidly in the riverside town of Lubbock in Bohol, with residents trapped on their roofs and trees. They were rescued by the Coast Guard the next day.
On the Dingat Islands, an official said the roofs of nearly all homes, including emergency shelters, were either damaged or smashed.
At least 227 cities and towns lost electricity, which has since been restored in only 21 districts, officials said, adding that three regional airports were damaged, including two that remain closed.
The deaths and widespread damage left by the hurricane before Christmas in the predominantly Roman Catholic country brought back memories of the disaster caused by another typhoon, Haiyan, one of the strongest on record.
It hit several central provinces that were bombed last week, killing more than 6,300 people in November 2013.
Every year about 20 storms and typhoons hit the Philippines. The archipelago is located in the seismically active “Ring of Fire” region of the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.
A woman walks past clothes left to dry on fallen trees due to Typhoon Ray in Talisay, Cebu Province, central Philippines, on Saturday.
A man walks through damaged homes in the aftermath of Typhoon Ray in Talisay, Cebu Province, central Philippines, on Saturday
Residents rescue parts of their damaged homes in the aftermath of Typhoon Ray in Talisay, Cebu Province, central Philippines, on Saturday
In this photo provided by the Vice President’s Office, Philippine Vice President Lenny Robredo, second from right, talks with evacuees displaced by Typhoon Ray in Cebu, central Philippines, on Saturday.
In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, residents affected by Typhoon Ray wash clothes in Surigao del Norte province, southern Philippines, on Saturday.