The death toll from Typhoon Phanfone, which struck the Philippines on Christmas Day, has risen to at least 28 while another 12 people are still missing.
Christmas has been marred by the disaster, which also saw thousands of people forced to flee their homes.
Many hoping to be with loved ones over the festive season were left stranded in ferry terminals and airports as transport was cancelled because of the 120mph winds.
The storm wreaked havoc across remote villages and popular tourist destinations, leaving a trail of devastation and large parts of the country without power.
Cindy Ferrer, of the regional Office of the Civil Defence, said Batad, in Iloilo province, was a ‘ghost town’ on Christmas Day.
Emergency services reported that many of those killed had lost their lives due to drowning, falling trees and electrocution.
The missing included a father, his three children and another relative after their shanty was inundated with a swollen river.
Phanfone hit Eastern Samar on Christmas Eve before sweeping across many of the islands of the central Philippines throughout Wednesday.
Local government officials, police and the army took care of thousands of people who were forced to take refuge in gyms and schools.
Travel in and out of the country was crippled with more than 25,000 people stranded in sea ports as the dangerously choppy waters made travel impossible.
Dozens of international and domestic flights were also cancelled.
Typhoons are a common occurrence in the Philippines which deals with around 20 each year along with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
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