The death toll from Hurricane Rai in the Philippines has risen to 208, police say.
The strong weather phenomenon thus became one of the deadliest to hit the state of Southeast Asia in recent years.
At least 239 other people were injured and 52 are missing after Rai’s catastrophic passage through the southern and central part of the archipelago, police added.
More than 300,000 people fled their homes on Thursday as the hurricane reached the ground in the central part of the country.
The Red Cross arm in the Philippines spoke of “absolute destruction” in coastal areas.
The winds tore down roofs, uprooted trees, toppled electricity poles, demolished wooden houses and flooded villages, recalling the “super hurricane” Haiyan, which struck the archipelago in 2013.
The deadliest hurricane
Called Yolanda in the Philippines, Haiyan was the deadliest cyclone to hit the country: 7,300 people were killed or missing.
One of the islands hardest hit by Ray’s is Bohol – known mainly for the Tarsus living there, nocturnal mammals, a relative of lemurs and monkeys, endemic to the Philippines – where, according to Governor Arthur Yap, they died. at least 74 people.
Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in the islands of Siargao, Dinagat and Mindanao, which were hit by storms of up to 15 kilometers per hour on Thursday.
At least 10 people are dead in Dinaagat, confirmed Jeffrey Chrysostom, a spokesman for the provincial authorities.
“SOS” was written by people who were in danger on a street in the tourist town of General Luna on the island of Shargao, where surfers and vacationers had gathered before Christmas, as people had difficulty finding water and food.
Telecommunications have been cut in several hit areas, making it difficult for rescue and rescue teams to assess the extent of the damage.
Electricity has also been cut off, disrupting the water supply network and ATMs, among others.
Dramatic predictions of scientists
Thousands of military, police, port and firefighters have been deployed and are involved in search and rescue operations.
Food, water and medicines are distributed, which are transported by vessels of the port body. Material to clear roads that have been closed due to falling power poles and trees has also been sent to affected islands.
Rye hit the period of tropical cyclones, which usually form in the Pacific Ocean between July and October, unusually slowly.
Scientists have long warned that hurricanes will become more powerful as global warming accelerates.
The Philippines, one of the countries most considered to be exposed to climate change, is hit by some 20 tropical storms and / or hurricanes each year, destroying crops, homes and infrastructure in already very poor areas.