Residents rendered homeless after their houses were swept in by flash floods brought by Typhoon Washi
The agency said 957 were killed and 49 were missing, with most of the casualties coming from the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The previous death toll was 650.
Authorities in the two cities, worst-hit by water, mud and logs swept down mountains, are struggling to prevent disease from spreading in crowded evacuation centers and have started digging mass graves to bury decomposing bodies.
President Benigno Aquino will visit the two cities later today. The government said more than 338,000 people were affected by the disaster.