Residents camp out in a park to avoid aftershocks at Loon township, Bohol province in central Philippines Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013. A 7.2-magnitude quake hit Bohol and Cebu provinces Tuesday damaging churches, buildings and homes and causing multiple deaths across the central region. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, OCTOBER 28, 2013 (PHILSTAR) A total of 213 bodies have been recovered and eight more were missing in quake-hit areas in Central Visayas, the government's disaster response agency reported Saturday morning.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that the latest fatalities were recovered in towns hit by the magnitude-7.2 quake in Bohol province.

In the agency's 6 a.m. report, the total fatalities recorded in Bohol were 199, 13 in Cebu and one in Siquijor.

Majority of the missing victims are children and all of them are residents of Bohol, five of which are from the epicenter of the quake, Sagbayan town. They were identified as Milka Baliling, 6; Roger Tagsip, 17; Henera Anunciado, 52; Jess Marvin Empinado, 10; Meme Jane Empinado, 9; Reynaldo Sipsip, 15; Joellene Somoro, 11 and Jonalyn Somoro, 13.

The NDRRMC also reported that 644,253 families or at least 3.2 million people were affected by the earthquake in the Visayas and 360,018 of the affected individuals are staying in temporary shelters.

As of the last report received by the agency, a total of 56,933 houses in Bohol, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Iloilo, Siquijor and Guimaras were damaged by the deadly earthquake.

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The quake's estimated damage to infrastructure was at P1.6 billion.


195 dead in Bohol quake; cost of damage at P1B By Dennis Carcamo ( | Updated October 23, 2013 - 9:36am 1 3 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - The cost of damage to infrastructure by the 7.2 magnitude quake that struck Central Visayas has breached the P1 billion mark, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Wednesday.

In its latest update on the effects the powerful temblor, the NDRRMC reported that more than P1.07 billion worth of roads, bridges, flood control, school buildings, and other structures were damaged in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

The NDRRMC also recorded that there are almost 600,000 families affected by the killer quake in six provinces in regions 6 and 7, with almost 13,000 families inside 99 evacuation centers.

More than 53,000 houses in seven provinces were either totally or partially damaged by the quake while total cost of damage to infrastructure in Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor

Meanwhile, the death toll in the catastrophe has jumped to 195, the state disaster response agency said.

The NDRRMC said most of the casualties came from Bohol province, which accounted for 182 people who were killed during the powerful tremor.

The NDRRMC also recorded a total of 651 persons injured while the number of missing, who were all from Bohol, rose by one, now registering at 12.

The missing person was recorded in Antiquera town, the NDRRMC said.

For its part, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has recorded 2,547 aftershocks since the powerful quake last Oct. 15, whose epicenter was traced to Sagbayan town in Bohol.

Of the aftershocks, only 64 were felt, the Phivolcs added.

Magnitude 5.1 quake hits Davao del Sur town By Louis Bacani ( | Updated October 23, 2013 - 9:25am 22 174 googleplus1 0

MANILA, Philippines - A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck a town in Davao del Sur on Wednesday dawn, state volcanologists said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake's epicenter was traced at 50 kilometers southeast of Sarangani town at 4:53 a.m.

The agency said the temblor was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 15 kilometers.

Phivolcs did not report any intensity felt from the quake. Damage and aftershocks were not also expected.

Before Wednesday dawn, a magnitude 4.9 quake also hit Bohol province with an epicenter located 56 kilometers northeast of capital city Tagbilaran.

The tremor was an aftershock of the deadly magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted the province and Central Visayas last October 15.

A total of 2,547 aftershocks have been recorded, 64 of which were felt.

Last week's powerful earthquake has so far killed 195 people and caused over P1 billion worth of damaged roads, bridges and public structures.

The major quake also damaged thousands of houses, centuries-old churches, and even the iconic Chocolate Hills.

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