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Philippines earthquake death toll rises to 99

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The death toll from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Philippines yesterday continues to rise.

At least 99 people died in the quake, which hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, a national holiday.

Residents have described ongoing aftershocks on Wednesday morning, with many afraid to return to their homes.

The earthquake struck below the island of Bohol, where the most casualties were reported.

Philippines earthquake struck below the island of Bohol, where the most casualties were reported

Philippines earthquake struck below the island of Bohol, where the most casualties were reported

People were also killed in the province of Cebu, and historic churches, as well as roads, markets and buildings, were reported damaged on both islands.

The air force was carrying 24,000 lb of relief supplies to affected residents in Bohol province, Reuters news agency reported, citing a military spokesman.

Minda Morante, civil defense chief for the central islands, told AFP news agency that she expected the death toll to rise.

“We expect the number to increase considering there are still areas that need search and rescue [personnel] and there are areas where they need more aid,” Minda Morante said.

Philippines President Benigno Aquino is expected to visit the affected areas on Wednesday.

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