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22 May, Wednesday


Death toll from Philippine earthquake reaches 11

The 6.1 magnitude quake struck north-west of the capital on Monday, heavily damaging an airport, houses, concrete roads, bridges and Roman Catholic churches.

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Rescuers found more bodies overnight in the rubble of a supermarket that crashed down in a powerful earthquake that damaged buildings and an airport in the northern Philippines, raising the death toll to 11, officials said on Tuesday.

The bodies of four victims were pulled from Chuzon Supermarket. Three other villagers died due to collapsed house walls, said Mayor Condralito dela Cruz of Porac town in Pampanga province, north of Manila.

At least 24 people remained missing in the rice-growing agricultural region, mostly in the rubble of the collapsed supermarket in Porac, while 81 others were injured, according to the government’s disaster-response agency.

Authorities inserted a large orange tube into the rubble to blow in oxygen in the hope of helping people still pinned there to breathe. On Tuesday morning, rescuers pulled out a man alive, sparking cheers and applause.

“We’re all very happy, many clapped their hands in relief because we’re still finding survivors after several hours,” Porac Councilor Maynard Lapid said by telephone from the scene, adding another victim was expected to be pulled out alive soon.

 

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