Rescue teams still seek victims after major Philippines quake

Rescuers are still searching for survivors in isolated areas of the central Philippines a day after a powerful earthquake struck.

Officials say the death toll from the quake has risen to at least 107 people and hundreds more are wounded.

Authorities warn the death toll is likely to rise as rescuers have yet to reach several isolated, badly-damaged communities.

Tuesday’s 7.2-magnitude quake was centered near Bohol Island, a popular tourist area.

Hundreds of powerful aftershocks forced many to sleep outdoors Tuesday night, including patients at some hospitals.

President Benigno Aquino met with local officials Wednesday and warned people to stay away from landslide-prone areas and damaged buildings.

The quake collapsed buildings, ripped apart roads, and sent frightened residents rushing out of their homes and businesses.

Several of the region’s historic buildings suffered major damage, including centuries-old churches.

Tuesday was a national holiday, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which may have led to a reduction in casualties, as many schools and offices were closed.

Earthquakes are common in the Philippines, which lies along the Pacific Rim of Fire.

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