Disaster response officials said five people were believed to be trapped in the rubble of the Southern Trade Shopping Centre in Padada, a town on the island of Mindanao located about 20 kms (12 miles) from the epicentre of Sunday's quake.


Rescuers were using chainsaws and thermal imaging equipment to look for survivors, but said there was little hope of finding anyone alive.

"It's very distressing. There's a very slim chance of finding survivors," regional disaster official Christopher Tan told CNN Philippines.

A six-year-old girl was killed when the wall of her house collapsed on her during the 6.8 magnitude quake, the fifth to hit the region since October. Rescuers also recovered the bodies of two women during a night disrupted by several aftershocks.

A further 31 people were injured, said Francis Irag, regional information officer.

Television footage early on Monday showed fire and rescue personnel using torches to search the outside of the shopping centre, a small two-storey building, in darkness. Roads were blocked by rubble and mangled metal.

There were widespread power outages and minor damage to more than 300 homes and eight government buildings, according to the disaster agency's report late on Sunday.

The Philippines sits on the geologically active Pacific "Ring of Fire" and experiences frequent tremors.


Related Topics


World News in Brief: August 31

(HBO) - Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will vote on Sept. 14 to select a new leader to succeed Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, Jiji news agency reported on Monday (August 31). Abe, Japan's longest-serving premier, said on August 28 he was resigning due to a worsening of a chronic illness, paving the way for an LDP leadership election. The LDP president is virtually guaranteed of being prime minister because of the party's majority in the lower house of parliament.

ASEAN, RoK hold 24th dialogue

The 24th dialogue between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea (RoK) was held via video conference on August 26.

Vietnam presents medical equipment to Venezuela

The Embassy of Vietnam in Venezuela on August 27 handed over medical equipment to the host country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with 20,000 face masks from the Vietnamese National Assembly to the Venezuelan counterpart.

World News in Brief: August 22

The World Health Organization hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be shorter than the 1918 Spanish flu and last less than two years, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday (August 21), if the world unites and succeeds in finding a vaccine. Tedros urged "national unity" and "global solidarity". 

US COVID-19 cases surpass 5.4 mln: Johns Hopkins University

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 5.4 million on August 16, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Putin, Macron discuss situation in Lebanon, Ukraine by phone

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron held a phone conversation on Wednesday (August 12), discussing the situation in Lebanon, Ukraine and Belarus, the Kremlin said in a statement.