Negros Earthquake

February 7, 2012 by staff 

Negros Earthquake, At least 48 people died and another 92 are missing following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck Negros Oriental province on Monday, an Army officer said on Tuesday.

Rescuers dug through rubble with their bare hands on Tuesday in a frantic search for survivors.

The fatalities are from Guihulngan City and in the towns of La Libertad, Tayasan, Jumalalud and Bindoy, Army 302nd Brigade commander Col. Francisco Patrimonio said on Tuesday afternoon.

Around 56 people were injured in the earthquake.

Of the 92 people missing, 30 were reported buried by a landslide in Planas village in Guihulngan and 42 others were also buried by another landslide in Solongon village in La Libertad town.

Army figures are higher than the official death toll from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said based on their records, 15 people died in Guihulngan, Jimalalud, Tayasan, Majuyod Bindoy.

At least 52 were hurt while 71 are missing, Ramos added.

Classes in public schools in the province are still suspended as of Tuesday, he said.

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