Published On: Wed, Oct 16th, 2013

Rescue efforts difficult after Philippines earthquake, death toll up to 144

The latest numbers reported from the Central Philippines post- earthquake reveal that the death count has risen to 144 victims, with hundreds reportedly injured.



Specifically, at least 134 people died on the island of Bohol and 9 died in nearby Cebu and one on the neighboring island of Siquijor, according to figures issued Wednesday by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), The major 7.2- magnitude tremor occurred Tuesday morning in the Philippine province of Bohol.

Phivolcs director, Renato Solidum said of the power of the earthquake, “A magnitude 7 earthquake has an energy equivalent to around 32 Hiroshima atomic bombs,” Mr. Solidum said. “This one had a magnitude of 7.2.”

With significant destruction of roads in the affected areas, rescue efforts have been exceedingly difficult.

“We are trying to reach the affected areas, but it’s very difficult. The entire island province of Bohol is without electricity, while telecommunications are spotty,” Gwendolyn Pang, secretary-general of the Philippine Red Cross, told IRIN. “Roads are not passable while at least 10 bridges on Bohol have also been damaged.”

Of the nearly three million people affected, more than 28,000 (5,620 families) are now being assisted in 34 evacuation centers in Bihol, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported on 16 October.

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  1. Rima Wasserman says:

    There can not prediction for the Natural disaster in every place.In anytime Natural disaster can be come but government responsibility can handle it situation

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