Rescuers rush to find survivors in Pampanga supermarket rubble after quake

Photo by Carolyn Bonquin, CNN Philippines

By Carolyn Bonquin/CNN Philippines – Rescuers are scrambling to find survivors on Tuesday after a four-story supermarket collapsed in Porac, Pampanga following a strong earthquake.

The rescue operation is now focused in the middle part and both sides of the supermarket Chuzon Supermarket in Barangay Cangat where more people are believed to be trapped alive. There is no official number yet on how many are still trapped under the rubble, but Central Luzon police told the media on Monday that around 30 people are believed to be missing, mostly supermarket employees.

Seven people have been rescued, as of Tuesday morning. The one was a man wearing a Chuzon Supermarket shirt; he was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Five were found dead, but the numbers may change within the day as the rescue operations continue.

Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda said that three others were killed after the 6.1 magnitude quake struck Castillejos, Zambales on Monday afternoon. It also damaged several structures, including the boundary arch separating Bataan and Pampanga, St. Augustine Parish Church in Lubao, Pampanga and Santa Catalina de Alexandria church in Porac, Pampanga. Intensity 5 was felt in the province.

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