More than 630,000 people filled evacuation camps Monday as the death toll from a typhoon that battered the Philippines rose above 600.
The provinces on the eastern coast of the main island of Luzon, particularly the Bicol region, bore the brunt of Typhoon Angela’s 141 mph winds Thursday and Friday.
The extent of the destruction still is unclear because many towns in provinces east of Manila remain isolated, said Franklin Castillo, a director of the Office of Civil Defense.
The first foreign relief supplies arrived before dawn on a chartered plane from Belgium. The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders shipped 32 tons of medical and sanitary supplies and shelter materials for the typhoon victims, said spokeswoman Anouk Delasortrie.