Death toll rises to more than 900

DEVASTATION. A man carries construction supplies across a road in the middle of Cateel, Davao Oriental, in the aftermath of typhoon Pablo (Bopha), December 10, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

A little more than a week since typhoon Pablo devastated parts of the southern Philippines, at least 900 people are declared dead and more than 600 remain missing. Some good news on Thursday: nearly 300 fishermen are rescued. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center, 63 evacuation centers are temporarily sheltering 765,530 people. The government estimates the damage at P14.30 billion, with agricultural damage alone estimated to reach P9.68 billion. Aid has yet to reach some of the most remote areas where homes and buildings have been reduced to toothpicks sprinkling the barren landscape.

Read more about Thursday’s NDRRMC announcement and watch hope in the midst of the destruction – all on Rappler.