19 Feb '12, 9am

Philippine quake toll rises to 113 dead and missing

Philippine quake toll rises to 113 dead and missing

MANILA: The toll of dead and missing from a powerful earthquake that struck the Philippines has risen to 113 as the civil defence chief said Sunday he had given up all hope of finding any more survivors. Benito Ramos, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chief, told AFP the latest toll from the 6.7 magnitude quake which struck the central island of Negros on February 6 was 52 dead and 61 missing. He added that army engineers were continuing to dig on the heavily-populated island because of the clamour of people insisting that the bodies of their relatives be found. "It is hopeless. I don't think we can find all the 61 missing because of the amount of soil that eroded. That is equivalent to about 50 metres (164 feet) thick of earth," he said. "But I will not say they are already dead because of the sentiments of the people. There are so many who will show...

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