The earthquake hit central Philippines early Monday morning with a magnitude of 6.7. The location of the hit is identified as Negros Island which is about 70 km north of the Dumaguete city. According to the United States geological survey, the earthquake struck at a depth of 20 km.
Operations officers at Office of Civil Defence, Ver Neil Balaba updated the media that the army teams are working on the search and rescue operation. A number of police teams have also been appointed to prevent stealing and looting. He further expressed, “The most urgent needs now are water, tents and food”.
Authorities have claimed about 30 houses have been completely buried under the rubble with approximately 44 persons missing. 52 people have been injured and sent to nearby hospitals for medical help.
As per information released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, dead bodies of two children have also been discovered. The exact death toll has not been announced yet. However, a local news channel reported it to be 43 till 8:00 local time.
The region followed a series of aftershocks as well. The magnitude of one of the aftershocks was declared to be 6.2
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