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Death toll climbs to 183 in Philippines earthquake

By Laura Smith-Spark and Jessica King, CNN
October 19, 2013 -- Updated 1911 GMT (0311 HKT)
Residents view the ruins of the historic Holy Cross Parish Church in Maribojoc on the central Philippine island of Bohol on Friday, October 18. The death toll has risen above 180 after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake on October 15. Residents view the ruins of the historic Holy Cross Parish Church in Maribojoc on the central Philippine island of Bohol on Friday, October 18. The death toll has risen above 180 after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake on October 15.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Disaster officials say 13 people are still missing and 583 are injured
  • NEW: The death toll from the earthquake in the Philippines rises to 183
  • The quake was centered near a town in Bohol province
  • It hit on a national holiday in the Philippines

(CNN) -- The death toll from the magnitude-7.1 earthquake in the central Philippines rose Saturday to 183, authorities said.

The massive quake, which struck Tuesday, also destroyed more 8,600 homes in Quezon City, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The bulk of the casualties were in Bohol province.

Bohol residents struggle to recover after quake

In an update issued Saturday, the council said 583 people were injured and 13 were missing.

7.1 earthquake rocks Philippines
Bell tower crumbles on camera in quake

The quake was centered about 620 kilometers (385 miles) south-southeast of Manila, near Catigbian, and its depth was 20 kilometers (12 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Philippines disaster council gave the quake a slightly higher rating: 7.2 magnitude.

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The quake hit on a national holiday in the Philippines, at the beginning of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

Landslides were reported in some areas. More than 8,500 homes were destroyed and nearly 26,000 were damaged, officials reported.

The quake has affected nearly 3.5 million people across six provinces. More than 370,000 people were forced from their homes in the worst-affected Bohol province, the council said.

Government buildings and infrastructure, including roads and bridges, have also suffered damage, the council said.

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