Philippines quake: Death toll crosses 100, several missing (in pics)

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Manila, Oct 15: Days after a strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Philippines, the death toll has reached 107 on Wednesday even as emergency workers struggled to rescue an undetermined number of people buried in rubble.

Nearly 3 million people were affected by the 7.2 magnitude tremor that struck on Tuesday in Bohol province, 640 kilometres south of Manila, and affected provinces as far as the southern region of Mindanao. Several people are still missing.

At least 97 people were killed in Bohol and 10 in the nearby provinces of Cebu and Siquijor, while 276 were injured, the national disaster management agency said.

The quake damaged many buildings in Bohol and Cebu, including centuries-old Catholic churches, hospitals, hotels, shopping malls and public markets. Roads and bridges also cracked.

In Cebu

A private guard stands near the damaged Basilica of the Holy Child following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

In Bohol

Residents look at the remains of the Loboc Chruch following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Loboc, Bohol, central Philippines, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

In Cebu

Residents walk past a damaged structure in Cebu, central Philippines on Tuesday Oct. 15, 2013. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck in the central Philippines on Tuesday morning, collapsing roofs and buildings, cracking walls and roads and killing several people.

In Bohol

Residents walk along a damaged road following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol, central Philippines, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

In Cebu

Soldiers remove the debris that fell over cars following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

Injured citizens

Patients stay outside a hospital to avoid aftershocks following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu city in central Philippines Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The tremor collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday morning, causing multiple deaths across the central region and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

In Cebu

Damaged cars lie under a rubble outside the GMC Plaza Building in Cebu, central Philippines Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church Tuesday morning, killing at least 20 people across the central region.

With agency inputs

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