The Philippine authorities said in a statement on Saturday that the storm had caused extensive damage in several areas. President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to help the victims.
Hurricane Rai hit the tourist island of Siargao in the Philippines last Thursday. The storm caused extensive damage in the area. The communication system is broken. The whole island is cut off from electricity.
The Philippine National Disaster Management Agency said the storm affected several neighboring provinces. About 20,000 members of the army, police, and Coast Guard fire service are working to rescue the missing. The bodies of several people were also recovered on Saturday. Authorities fear the death toll could rise as more people are still missing.
Meanwhile, various areas are still submerged due to rains caused by the storm. The local people have expressed concern that the crop is being severely damaged. However, President Rodrigo Duterte said the government was working to provide adequate assistance to the victims.
He said there is a budget for the epidemic. However, we are raising more money for the storm, which will be distributed among the victims.