Typhoon Devastates The Philippines (Photos)

At least 652 dead and 1,000 still missing after overnight storm.

12.19.11 9:32 PM ET

This weekend’s tropical storm continues to wreak havoc on the Philippines, as the death toll has risen to 927. Drowned bodies are now surfacing and the number is expected to grow even further as more bodies are found. The death toll does not include all those who are still missing following the storm—of which the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has lost count. Some towns—filled with the smell of decomposing bodies—are planning mass burials for those killed in the typhoon’s aftermath.

Rescuers paddle their rubber boat to search for survivors following a flash flood that inundated Cagayan de Oro city, Philippines, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. A tropical storm triggered flash floods in the southern Philippines, killing scores of people and missing more. Mayor Lawrence Cruz of nearby Iligan said the coast guard and other rescuers were scouring the waters off his coastal city for survivors or bodies that may have been swept to the sea by a swollen river. (AP Photo/Froilan Gallardo)

Froilan Gallardo / AP Photo