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Death toll from Philippine quake rises to 144

8:39 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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MANILA, Philippines - A government official says the death toll from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the Philippines has risen to 144.

Civil Defense Director Eduardo del Rosario said Wednesday that another 291 people are injured.

The central island of Bohol, a popular tourist area, was hit hardest by Tuesday morning's quake, with widespread damage to houses and historic churches.

A day after the quake, Bohol Gov. Edgardo Chatto said that all towns in need had been reached, although landslides and damaged bridges were slowing down road travel.

The Associated Press

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