Fear of aftershocks keep Filipinos in the streets

Earthquake carnage

Like many others in the town of Jetafe, Father Chito Lozada and his staff at Santo Nino parish did not go inside their homes on Tuesday; they remained outdoors.They feared aftershocks from a major earthquake struck earlier in the day, reports CNS.

'(The aftershocks are) really coming quick,' said Father Lozada, who directs the social action office of the Talibon Diocese in Bohol. Although they are not nearly as intense as the powerful quake, he said they have made people of the diocese, which includes Carmen, the site of the epicenter, jumpy.

Father Lozada said people are still 'so afraid. They are making their own evacuation center in the place where they think they are safe, without edifices, without posts. They themselves are gathered there,' he said.

Parishioners from Santo Nino converged mostly in the town plaza and they were not budging, he said.The 43-year-old priest was born and raised in Bohol, a popular tourist destination, and he said this was the most severe earthquake he had ever experienced. He said he could barely keep from falling over while the temblor shook the ground.

He said houses were flattened and several centuries-old churches in the diocese suffered partial damage, with some facades and belfries crumbling to the ground.Father Lozada said the diocese is making an appeal for food and water for its parishioners.

Photo: A statue of Christ hangs from a portion of the destroyed Our Lady of Light Church in Bohol, a day after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Philippines

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