The death toll in a powerful earthquake in the Philippines has risen to 144, the National Disaster Risk Management Agency said on Wednesday.
A makeshift altar is put before the ruins of the 180 years old Our lady of light Church on the popular tourist island of Bohol, central Philippines on Wednesday following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in the area on Tuesday. (AFP photo)
At least 23 were reported missing and believed trapped in collapsed buildings in Bohol Province, 640 kilometres south of Manila, it added.
Nearly 300 were injured in Tuesday's magnitude-7.2 tremor, the worst to hit the Philippines in two decades.
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