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Post-earthquake recovery in Negros, Philippines

Plan's disaster risk experts have arrived in Negros Oriental, Philippines, to conduct a rapid assessment after a 6.9 earthquake hit the province just before noon on Monday.


Speaking from Guihulngan city in Negros, Avianto Amri, Plan's regional disaster risk management specialist, said many people are still waiting for assistance.


"We have seen that many houses here have collapsed and many buildings that were two storeys have now become one storey. Electricity is still out and it's totally dark here. People are trying to salvage everything they can from their houses," he said.


"Many people are still spirited but they are also uncertain about when aid will come. The main needs now are blankets because it is cold at night and mats as most of the people are now staying in a field. Food and drinking water are also needed."


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Taken on February 7, 2012