Philippine typhoon death toll rising by eight daily
MANILA (AFP) - Relief teams are still finding eight to 10 dead bodies a day, more than a month after Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the central Philippines, a civil defence official said on Sunday.
The number of casualties, which the government placed at 6,057 dead and 1,779 missing, is almost certain to rise, said Rey Gozon, civil defence director for the areas hardest-hit by the killer storm.
"For our region, we are still collecting bodies. We are getting an average eight to 10 additional dead bodies every day," he told AFP.
He also expressed doubt that many of the missing would be found alive, saying so much time had passed since the storm struck with peak winds of 315 kilometres an hour on November 8, flattening whole towns mainly in the central islands of Samar and Leyte.