Quake death toll climbs

2013-10-20 08:47
(Picture: Supplied)

(Picture: Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Read more on:    philippines  |  earthquakes

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.