Typhoon Phanfone pelted the country's central regions Wednesday with winds of up to 120 mph, leaving at least 16 people dead and sending thousands to seek refuge in government shelters. Tens of thousands of people were stranded on Christmas Day in the predominantly Catholic nation, since ferry services and airports were shut down. The storm also damaged hundreds of homes and caused widespread blackouts.
Is the worst over? While the brunt of the typhoon has passed, some badly damaged areas still have no mobile phone or internet service with which to summon help.