|Residents skirt an uprooted tree blocking the road after Typhoon Bopha hit Tagum City in the southern Philippines|
A further 200 people have been reported missing across the Southeast Asian country while 109 people have been injured in the powerful storm.
The majority of deaths have occurred in the town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley. A flash-flood swamped a school building which had been converted into a temporary shelter for the evacuees, killing dozens.
"We have already accounted 43 bodies and we're still looking for more, including nine soldiers," said army division commander Major General Ariel Bernardo.
The casualties are likely to increase as the authorities have reported several landslides and flash-floods.
|A photo of typhoon Bopha taken by the International Space Station crew and tweeted by Nasa|
Typhoon Bopha which is locally known as Typhoon Pablo made its landfall on the Mindanao Island, bringing heavy rainfall and winds. The heavy storm uprooted several trees and destroyed a number of rooftops.
Helicopters are expected to be deployed for the rescue efforts as road transportation has been badly hit.
Academic institutions have been closed while dozens of flights have been cancelled due to the typhoon.
Bopha is the strongest of the 16 typhoons that have hit the Philippines in 2012. In 2011, deadly Typhoon Washi wreaked havoc killing 1,500 people.