At least 75 people have been killed in the Philippines during the passage of Typhoon Rai, the most powerful to hit the country this year, according to official reports released on Sunday.
The governor of the tourist island of Bohol (center), Arthur Yap, announced on his Facebook page that 49 people had died and 10 were missing in his province, according to data communicated by the mayors, bringing the death toll to 75 provisional total for the disaster.
“Communications are still cut. Only 21 mayors out of 48 got in touch with us, ”he said.
The typhoon, accompanied by winds reaching 195 kH / h, swept through the central and southern Philippines on Thursday and Friday, blowing up roofs, tearing utility poles and cutting communications, before heading out to sea on Saturday. from southern China.
Aerial photos released by the army showed considerable damage in the areas crossed, and some 300,000 people had to flee their homes.
Rai is a particularly late-season typhoon. Most tropical cyclones in the Pacific Ocean form between July and October.
Scientists have long warned that typhoons are getting stronger and stronger as man-made global warming accelerates.