Military mobilizes as death toll climbs in the Philippines
Residents carrying their belongings cross a damaged road, part of a national highway in the village of Tuway, Philippines on Tuesday.
February 7th, 2012
05:33 AM ET

Military mobilizes as death toll climbs in the Philippines

The death toll climbed to 48 on Tuesday from a strong earthquake that rocked the Visayas region of the Philippines, state media reported.

Another 92 people were reported missing as the nation's military scrambled 1,000 government troops to deal with the disaster, according to the Philippines News Agency.

"We have dispatched two ... choppers from Western Mindanao Command to help in the relief operations," military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said.

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  1. Lydia

    Is sad to see how other countries suffer just to get the basic needs. Is also sad to see the lucky ones that get to live in the USA who have everything and don't appreciate anything.

    February 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shen

    We work on a call center here in Bacolod City. We work on the 4th floor of our building. Between yesterday and today, we have experienced several after shocks. The thing is, the shaking starts strong and it is continous for about 3-5 minutes until it weakens, causing us panic attacks. This is the third day since the quake begun. The national tv news reported that the 50km fault line was never detected or unknown before. Although, we understand that the Philippines is situated in the ring of fire, we need help and we would like to know how long these aftershocks will last. Negros Oriental & Occidental is a small island. You can even go around the whole island in a day. Bacolod is about 4-5 hours drive away from Guihulngan. We need scientific input of what is going on. Our paranoia of what can happen is growing, affecting our jobs and classes of our children. Are we safe? Are we going to be? There are reports aftershocks will be felt til next week. I do hope that someone will conduct a study as we do not have local geologists competitive enough for these events. Plus, we would like to know more about our geographical situation to guide us and may it help pacify our worried minds.

    February 8, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
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