Typhoon 'Basyang' hit central, southern and northern Luzon in the Philippines Wednesday, leaving 38 people dead according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).
There are still around 47 people missing as rescuers continue to search the coastal areas in the Bicol region for possible survivors. Most of those reported missing were fishermen who were hit by giant waves and strong winds caused by 'Basyang'.
More than 150,000 people were affected by the calamity in 12 provinces, the NDCC figures showed.
To date, a total of 8,918 people are still housed in 51 evacuation centers.
Emergency crews restored electricity to Manila and nearby provinces on Luzon island as normalcy crept back. Flights resumed and schools reopened Thursday. Authorities continued the search for 26 missing fishermen and started to repair the damage caused by the year's first major typhoon.
The list of missing persons were updated Friday showing at least 47 more people still missing.
Conson (locally known as 'Basyang') hit the northeastern coast Tuesday night, packing winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometers per hour) and gusts of 95 mph (150 kph). It blew out of the Philippines into the South China Sea on Thursday with sustained winds of about 55 mph (85 kph) per hour, government weather forecaster Gener Quiplong said.
Newly elected Philippine president Noynoy Aquino scolded weather forecasters for failing to inform the public on the exact landfall of typhoon 'Basyang' which caught most people in Metro Manila and government agencies unprepared to face the onslaught of the powerful typhoon.
The typhoon was supposed to spare Metro Manila according to the weather bureau but it did hit the metropolis during landfall.
Historically the Philippines is visited by at least 20 typhoons a year along with Taiwan, Hong Kong and other neighboring countries in South Asia.