Death toll from Philippine typhoon Conson's rises to 23, 57 people also remained missing

The death toll from Typhoon Conson’s rampage across the Philippines rose to 23 on Thursday, the civil defence office said, as residents struggled to recover from the first major storm of the season. At least another 57 people remain unaccounted for more than a day after the storm originally hit. The missing are fishermen who’s boats capsized or went missing in the heavy weather. The fatalities mainly came from South of Metro Manila the majority either being drowned or crushed by trees or walls. Many people remained without power on Thursday after Luzon was nearly cut off completely due to bad weather.

Manila was brought to a near standstill on Wednesday due to the power outages, roads being blocked by debris and telephone networks being brought down.However schools reopened after being forced to close on Wednesday, and Manila’s overhead railway service was back to normal.