With the most casualties reported from cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, the agency has divulged that as many as 957 were killed and 49 were missing. The previous death toll was 650.
In the midst of the natural catastrophe, authorities are trying hard to prevent diseases from spreading. The water-logging, mud slides are hampering rescue activities in the area. The decomposing bodies are being disposed off by digging mass graves.
Philippines President Benigno Aquino is expected to visit the calamity-hit cities on Tuesday. The government has revealed that more than 338,000 people were affected by the disaster.