MANILA. The death toll from a powerful typhoon that struck the Philippines last week continues to rise as rescuers reach more devastated areas, and it is now believed that about 100 people have died, officials said Sunday.
More than half of the deaths reported so far from Super Typhoon Rai have occurred in the island province of Bohol in the central Visayas region, a tourist destination known for its diving sites and coral reefs.
Bohol Governor Artur Yap said 63 people had died in the province as of noon Sunday in a typhoon, a number based on field reports from community leaders.
“It is clear that the damage done to Bohol is great and pervasive,” said Mr. Yap. He said he saw extensive destruction of coastal settlements during aerial photography from a military aircraft.
The Philippines’ National Disaster Management Agency, which often takes time to confirm deaths reported by officials across the country, still reported 31 deaths in Sunday’s typhoon, which did not reflect the figures provided by Mr. Yap.
The central province of Cebu and the city of Cagayan de Oro on the island of Mindanao were also among the worst affected areas, and near Mindanao, authorities were trying to get help on Siargao Island, a popular surfing spot.
The typhoon hit the island on Thursday in gusts of up to 168 mph and then hit west across the country. Upon reaching dry land, Paradise was classified as a super typhoon, comparable to a Category 5 hurricane in the United States.
Siargao was still disconnected as of Sunday. Social media message boards filled with the names of people who are still missing.
Typhoon, known as Odette under the Philippines’ separate naming system, is the 15th typhoon to hit the country this year. It poured heavy rainfall over large areas, and large areas of the central and southern Philippines were affected, and many waterways overflowed their shores.
Philippine Red Cross Chairman Senator Richard Gordon said Paradise was one of the worst storms ever to hit the Philippines, with an average of 20 typhoons a year.
“Red Cross ambulances report total carnage in coastal areas. Homes, hospitals, schools and public buildings are torn to pieces, ”he said in a statement. “Our volunteers provide urgent assistance to people who have lost everything, including food, drinking water, first aid, medical assistance and a safe place to hide.”
The most powerful storm in the Philippines was Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed about 6,500 people and caused widespread destruction in 2013.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has issued an emergency appeal worth approximately $ 22 million to fund relief and recovery efforts for the approximately 400,000 people affected by Rai in the Philippines.
In Bohol, Mr. Yap said provincial workers worked overtime to restore electricity and telecommunications, and that many residents lack access to clean drinking water.
He said a Philippine Navy vessel would leave Manila on Monday with emergency assistance for Bohol, but he asked for more help from the national government, citing, in part, the need for generators to run water refueling stations across the island.