Oct. 15 - Philippines quake death toll now measured in dozens as the full extent of the destruction becomes clear. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists in the Philippines on Tuesday (October 15), killing at least 67 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 cracked and crumbled during the quake, which sparked panic, cut power and transport links and forced hospitals to evacuate patients. At least 57 people died in collapsed structures and landslides on the island of Bohol, about 630 kms (390 miles) south of the capital, Rey Balido, spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), told a briefing at army headquarters He said nine others died in Cebu and another on Siquijor island. Nearly 170 were injured on Cebu and Bohol islands. President Benigno Aquino said he would visit earthquake-damaged areas on Wednesday. The death toll looks bound to rise. Dennis Agustin, Bohol provincial police director, said in a radio interview as many as 77 people had died in 11 towns on the island, much of which was left without power and communications. Four bridges collapsed and roads cracked, with many declared impassable due to landslides, prompting the authorities to declare a state of calamity in the province, along with Cebu. The volcanology agency said it was measured at a depth of about 56 km (35 miles).