At least 93 people have died after an earthquake struck the central Philippines, causing widespread destruction.
The epicentre of the 7.1 magnitude quake was beneath the island of Bohol where two of the country’s oldest churches were damaged.
Some low-rise buildings collapsed, and roads were cut in two by landslides BBC reports.
Reuters: ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists in thePhilippines on Tuesday, killing at least 74 people, some as they prayed in a centuries-old church, and causing widespread damage to infrastructure, officials said. Low-rise buildings collapsed on at least two islands and historic churches in the predominantly Catholic country cracked and crumbled during the quake, which sparked panic, cut power and transport links and forced hospitals to evacuate patients.
At least 65 people died in collapsed structures and landslides on the island of Bohol, 630 km (390 miles) south of the capital, according to a report from the region 7 office of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The report said eight others died in Cebu and another on Siquijor island. An earlier report had put the death toll in Cebu at nine. More than 260 were injured on Cebu and Bohol islands. President Benigno Aquino said he would visit earthquake-damaged areas on Wednesday.
VIDEO: Oct. 15 – Amatuer video captures the chaos as a powerful earthquake hits islands popular with tourists in the Philippines, killing at least 74 people. Rough Cut