Typhoon Pablo toll tops 500, military says

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Dec 07 2012 08:27 PM | Updated as of Dec 08 2012 04:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines - At least 540 people have been confirmed dead in the Philippines following the deadliest typhoon to hit the country this year, rescue officials said Friday.

Regional military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lyndon Paniza told AFP the region's armed forces had retrieved 506 bodies on the east coast of the southern island of Mindanao and around the southern town of New Bataan.

The civil defence office in Manila said 23 other people were killed elsewhere in Mindanao, along with 11 in the central Visayan islands.

The government agency said 383 people remained missing while the number of survivors who have sought refuge at government shelters has grown to more than 306,000.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said people who had lost their homes and livelihoods were flocking in droves to the crowded camps for food and shelter.