Bohol quake toll climbs to 185

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Across Regions VI and VII, a total of 3,542,281 people have been affected by the quake

MORE DESTRUCTION. A destroyed church in Tubigon, Bohol, 19 October 2013. Photo by Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from Tuesday’s (October 15) major earthquake in Central Visayas continued to rise, with the toll now placed at 185, the government said Sunday, October 20.

Bohol has reported 172 people dead; the toll in Cebu remains at 12, and Siquijor at one, based on the latest tally from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

People injured from the magnitude 7.2 quake now number 583, while 9 people are still missing.

Across Regions VI and VII, a total of 3,542,281 people have been affected by the quake, translating to 703,244 families. Evacuees number 370,495 people, all in Bohol, with 113,227 of them housed in 93 evacuation centers across the province.

The number of homes damaged from the quake now total 36,645; out of this, 8,480 were totally damaged, as validated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The area is still being rattled by aftershocks. Out of a total of 2,047 recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), 37 were strong enough to be felt.

On Saturday, search for survivors was ended in Bohol, and has been turned into recovery operations by the NDRRMC.

The island of about one million people, one of the country’s main tourist destinations, suffered landslides, fallen bridges, shattered roads and collapsed buildings. –

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