BANG PA-IN, Thailand — In the neck-deep floodwaters of an industrial zone here, workers are using Jet Skis and wooden skiffs to transport stacks of computer components out of waterlogged factories.

Death toll uncertain | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online
Exact number of missing may never be known
December 22, 2011, 6:39pm

“By this time, there will be no survivors, just dead bodies,” National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Benito Ramos added.

"He said bodies of victims of “Sendong” still litter the waters off Northern Mindanao.

The official death toll from last weekend’s disaster, which swept away shantytowns built near major rivers, has exceeded a thousand but some authorities said hundreds more people could be missing and may never be found.

Ramos put the death toll at 1,010 while the NRRMC put the number of missing at 51.
Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz said that in his city alone, more than 400 residents had been reported missing, with another 283 confirmed dead."

UN official likens destruction in Philippine flash floods to tsunami, appeals for $28M in aid - The Washington Post

ILIGAN, Philippines — A southern Philippine area devastated by flash floods that killed more than 1,000 people looks like it was hit by a tsunami, a U.N. official said Thursday as he appealed for $28 million in aid for the region….
“It was as if the cities were hit by an inland tsunami,” Nyunt-U told reporters in Manila. “Entire areas were completely flattened. “ ...