Central Visayas quake death toll rises to 213

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MANILA, Philippines—Seven more bodies were found in the rubble following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Central Visayas last week, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council said.

This brought to 213 the number of people who died as of 6 a.m. Saturday in the hardest hit provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Iloilo, and Negro Oriental, the NDRRMC said it its latest bulletin.

In Bohol alone, 199 bodies have been found while eight remain missing.

A total of 742 were injured in Central Visayas, it added.

The October 15 tremor, which was even felt in some parts of Mindanao, affected over three million people.

The estimated damage to properties and infrastructure of the quake that destroyed homes, schools buildings, roads and bridges reached over P1.6 billion.

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