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Amateur pictures capture church collapse in Philippines quake

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Amateur pictures capture church collapse in Philippines quake


The Basilica Minore del Santo Nino in Cebu was a famous landmark until the Philippines earthquake hit. Its famous bell tower came crashing down on startled people in the adjacent street.

People have been sleeping outside since Tuesday, worried about going back into buildings that are still being shaken with aftershocks.

Dozens of churches and hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed on Bohol island, the epicentre of Tuesday’s earthquake, which killed nearly 160 people.

Communications have been disrupted. Where electricity is not down, people gather to charge phones.

Babies were born in the midst of all this drama, while others already sick or injured have to be kept comfortable and dry. Overnight rain has made life all the more difficult.

Rescue services are beginning to arrive in the most remote locations, but until then porches, tents, or vehicles provide the only shelter.

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