Philippines earthquake kills dozens

The Cebu City area of the Philippines experienced a magnitude-6.9 earthquake on Monday. Aftershocks and tsunami rumors have led to further chaos in the area.

Dan Balayo, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Asia-Pacific’s Holistic Child Development coordinator, said a strong tremor was felt at his office on the campus of Visayas Nazarene Bible College campus in Cebu. 

Philippines Field Strategy Coordinator Stephen Gualberto spoke with the Panay District superintendent, who said there was some damage sustained in his area.

Reports from global news outlets vary, saying between 22 and 48 people were killed and as many as 92 are still missing.

“We have no water and power because electric posts were toppled,” Guihulngan Mayor Ernesto Reyes told The Associated Press by phone. “Many of our roads were damaged, including bridges, and stores are closed. We’re isolated.”

Following tsunami rumors, the Philippine Star reported cars were abandoned in the middle of roads; stores were left open and people headed to the mountains. Some found their way to the tops of high-rise buildings.

At least eight aftershocks, ranging from magnitude-4.6 to -6.0, rattled the area into Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

“No contact has been made as yet with our leadership in the Central Visayas and Negros Districts,” said David Harris, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Asia-Pacific coordinator.

Further information will be posted as it is received from the Asia-Pacific Region.
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Asia-Pacific

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