'Pablo' death toll soars to 1,067: NDRRMC

Posted at 12/22/2012 1:03 PM | Updated as of 12/23/2012 12:24 AM

Death toll may reach 2,000

MANILA, Philippines -- The official death toll from typhoon "Pablo" (international codename Bopha) has climbed to 1,067, with the figure still expected to rise further as 834 remain missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Saturday.

The NDRRMC also fears that the death toll could rise to nearly 2,000.

At least 420 died while 419 remain missing in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, one of the hardest-hit and heavily devastated areas due to landslides and flashfloods brought by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, at least 395 were reported dead in Davao Oriental, where the typhoon's eye first landed.

NDRRMC Executive Director Benito Ramos said search, rescue and retrieval operations will continue until all bodies have been accounted for.

The NDRRMC said "Pablo" affected at least 6.24 million people and destroyed at least 178,341 homes.

At least 2,666 people were also reported injured.

Meanwhile, the number of people suffering from various illnesses are still on the rise.

At least 458 were reported having acute respiratory infection, while 117 suffer from fever and 72 suffer from diarrhea.

The NDRRMC pegged the typhoon's damage to agriculture and infrastructure at P34.4 billion. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM