At least 60 people were killed and as many were missing as a powerful typhoon ravaged a large portion of Philippines, officials said on Friday.
Quezon province in the eastern Philippines sustained the most fatalities with 26 dead, including 13 who drowned after they were swept away by floodwaters in San Francisco town at the height of typhoon Xangsane on Thursday.
In Laguna province, 17 people were killed, including 14 who died in a landslide in Los Banos town. The victims were buried after a portion of a mountain collapsed on several houses.
Sixteen deaths were reported in metropolitan Manila, the northern provinces of Bulacan and Bataan, the eastern region of Bicol, and the central provinces of Iloilo, Antique and Leyte.
At least 1,200 houses were destroyed and more than 60,000 people displaced during the onslaught of Xangsane, which packed sustained winds of up to 130 km per hour at its peak.
A large portion of Manila remained without electricity on Friday, and some hotels were reportedly asking their guests to move out as their generators began to overheat. Communication also remained a problem as Xangsane downed several telephone networks.
According to the weather buro, Xangsane was spotted early on Friday 360 kms northwest of Manila with sustained winds of up to 120 kms per hour.