At least 11 people were reported killed and six others missing on Thursday after Typhoon Phanfone battered several central Philippine islands on Christmas Day, making seven landfalls before heading out to the South China Sea. The Philippine Daily Inquirer news website reported that two people died in the province of Leyte, while eight were killed in the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz.
One person died in the province of Biliran. The Office of Civil Defense was quoted as saying that it is verifying reports of a dozen more fatalities.
Six others were missing in Iloilo, although ABS-CBN television channel reported that the number could be as high as 12.
Thousands were forced to evacuate in several provinces before the typhoon. As of Thursday morning, the Philippine weather agency, PAGASA, said that Phanfone was reported 155km (96 miles) west of the province of Palawan, with maximum winds of up to 130km/h (80 mph) and gustiness of up to 160km/h (99 mph).
The typhoon brought a wet and miserable holiday season to millions in the mainly Catholic nation. Thousands were also stranded at shuttered ports, while dozens of flights were cancelled