Five dead as buildings collapse in Philippine quake: official

Five people have been killed when at least two buildings collapsed as a strong earthquake rocked the northern Philippines, a local official says.

Three bodies have been pulled out of a collapsed building in the town of Porac, while an old woman and her grandchild were crushed to death by another building in the town of Lubao, provincial governor Lilia Pineda tells ABS-CBN television.

“The quake has caused a blackout,” she says, hampering rescue efforts in the early evening as night closes in.

Rescue workers carry a woman to an ambulance after she became dizzy following an earthquake hit Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)


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