By Matt BradleyThe Associated Press (AP) More than 6,300 people have died as a typhoon in the southern Philippines lashed the country, a country of 7.5 million people.
The death toll could climb further as rescue teams continue to comb the waters, officials said.
The typhoon brought strong winds and heavy rain to the country’s southernmost island of Luzon, where more than 1,000 homes were damaged.
In addition, more than 3,000 people were reported missing, the Philippine National Police said in a statement on its website.
Authorities have said more than 6.5 billion Philippine pesos ($843 million) was needed for recovery.
The Philippine Coast Guard rescued at least 830 people in the search for survivors, according to the Coast Guard.
A further 2,000 were rescued from the wreckage of their homes.
In Luzon alone, the death toll has risen to about 7,500, with nearly 1,100 missing, according the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The Philippines has the world’s second-largest number of deaths from tropical storms, with more than 7,300.
In 2016, it was followed by Tropical Storm Agnes in the Pacific Ocean, which killed about 1,400 people and caused $20 billion in damage.