BANGKOK, Thailand -- The toll of Thai dead and missing from Typhoon Gay rose to more than 1,000 Monday as more bodies were found and officials confirmed that at least 645 fishermen and sailors are missing and presumed dead.
A Thai Interior Ministry official said the latest reports on losses from Typhoon Gay, which hit eight southern Thai provinces 10 days ago, showed 458 confirmed deaths on land.
Chumpon Province, 240 miles south of Bangkok, was hardest hit with 440 people killed, he said. The storm also sank or wrecked 194 ships.
A Thai fishery department official said 645 fishermen were reported missing at sea and are now presumed dead.
The largest single loss at sea was the Seacrest, a drill ship owned by a subsidiary of the American energy company Unocal. The Seacrest capsized in the eye of the typhoon with 97 crew aboard. Six crewmen were rescued, 32 were confirmed dead, and 59 were still missing.
The Interior Ministry spokesman said Typhoon Gay also damaged 29,536 houses, 42 government buildings, 590 highways, 253 schools and 114 temples.
He said the preliminary estimate of the total damage on land came to more than $280 million.