A powerful storm off the north-western coast of the Philippines has sunk a ship carrying refrigerated goods in the South China sea, killing one person and leaving ten crew missing.

The wreck occurred after typhoon Parma, the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines since 2006, slammed into the northern Philippine mountains killing 22 people.

Rescue teams from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have been searching for the crew of the Panama-registered ship which sank late on Sunday.

Parma is likely to hover off the coast until Thursday, and could then move south-west out to sea, according to Philippine weather officials.

Parma came in the wake of typhoon Ketsana, which struck last week killing nearly 300 people and forcing half a million from their homes.