Quake death toll climbs

2013-10-20 08:47
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Manila - The death toll rose to 185 on Sunday from the worst earthquake to hit the Philippines in two decades as authorities began the task of rehabilitating devastated areas.

Most of the victims were killed in Bohol province, the epicentre of Tuesday's magnitude 7.2-earthquake, where 172 were confirmed killed. At least nine were still missing and feared dead.

Thirteen people were killed in the nearby provinces of Cebu and Siquijor, while more than 500 were injured, the national disaster relief agency said.

Agency chief Eduardo Del Rosario said the biggest challenge was the repair and reconstruction of houses damaged by the quake that affected more than 3.5 million people.

Nearly 37 000 homes were partially or totally damaged, most of them in Bohol, the disaster agency said.

"The number of damaged houses is the biggest challenge because hundreds of thousands of people resided in these homes," Del Rosario said.

"We must provide tents in the meantime for the displaced residents who are sleeping outside," he added.

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