More than 50 people were killed and dozens are still missing when a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Negros and Cebu provinces in the Philippines on Monday, February 6.
The tremor has caused landslides and violent shaking of buildings. The pressure of the earthquake has also destroyed homes, buildings and even collapsed a church. In some areas, the communication systems were cut off while the roads have huge cracks and bridges were impassable. Due to the damages, several towns have been isolated.
It was shortly before noon when the quake was felt by the people who were in schools and offices. Since Monday, there were more than 900 recorded aftershocks and have caused panic to the public. Some residents are still in shock and afraid to return to their homes.
Among those who were killed were buried in 10 meters of soil and rocks from the deadly landslides. The military has been mobilized to help deal with the natural disaster. The rescuers continue to dig through the rubble and debris to look for survivors and bodies.
The damage to properties and infrastructure are still being assessed by the authorities and death toll is still expected to rise.