On the number of still missing, Ramos said: "I lost count already. Even the local government here (in Cagayan de Oro City) doesn't know exactly how many are missing. We lost count of the missing."
"Normally a body, if not bloated, sinks. But once it takes in water, it floats after several days so this figure will rise," said Ramos.
The official added some of the decomposing bodies found in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City had been buried in mass graves. The bodies have yet to be claimed by their relatives, so local officials decided to bury them.