The death toll from tropical storms that hit the Philippines has risen to 43 with hopes fading for dozens of others not found after major landslides, authorities said on Tuesday.
Hurricane Kai-Tak which moved slowly into the South China Sea on Monday after sparking torrential rains that caused massive flooding and landslides as it struck the archipelago in central Philippines over the weekend.
Disaster watchdog government agency recorded 43 people dead and said 45 others have not found, many of them feared to be buried by a landslide that occurred on the small island of Biliran.
"SAR operations are still ongoing but we did not find anyone alive. We only found corpses, "said Sofronio Dacillo, a disaster monitoring officer, told AFP by telephone from Biliran.
Bulldozers continue to dig for survivors in homes buried by landslides in Biliran, which is located about 500 kilometers southeast of Manila. Thirty of the 43 deaths came from the island, and 31 residents are still missing, authorities said. [lt]