Aftershocks Unearth New Troubles for Philippines

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More than a thousand aftershocks have triggered pain in the Philippines once again among residents, causing them to flee their villages that are prone to landslides.

The aftershocks are the residual affects of a major 7.2 magnitude quake that left massive destruction and at least 172 people dead, Tuesday.

Hundreds of homes were destroyed. One man said his house was flattened to the ground and now he and his family have decided to live with relatives in another town.

A collapsed bridge is only one among many structures that were destroyed by the earthquake.

Yet residents are still making extra efforts to transport food supply, water, medicines, and their motorcycles. They even used pump boats to carry supplies to their homes.

Many roads are impassable to regular vehicles, making it difficult to bring help to far flung affected areas. On one highway, only motorcycles can pass because of the many deep cracks caused by the earthquake.

The municipality of Maribojok is like a ghost town with most of its establishments closed.

Meanwhile, many are most saddened to lose their centuries old church. The Sta. Cruz Parish Church, which is the second oldest in Bohol, is now a heap of rubble.

Residents say there are dead people trapped in the church, but the local government has not made retrieval efforts to get the remains of the casualties.

Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto welcomed all kinds of help in these trying times. The government is mobilizing to help the victims.

CBN Disaster relief teams are moving into place and are starting to set up medical clinics for earthquake victims needing attention in the critical areas.

"We greatly appreciate all the people all the groups, CBN included, all those who have come to help Bohol and extend their support to the province and our people," Gov. Chatto said.

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