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Stampedes contribute to rising quake deaths.

THE death toll from an earthquake that struck central Philippines has risen to 93 with reports of historic buildings toppling near the epicentre. Police said 69 people died in Bohol province, where the quake hit near the town of Carmen.

At least 16 others died in nearby Cebu and another on Siquijor Island.

Many buildings collapsed, roads cracked up and bridges fell in the 7.2 magnitude quake. In densely populated Cebu city a building in the port and the roof of a market area collapsed.

The quake set off two stampedes.

People gathered in a gym in Cebu rushed out in a panic, crushing five to death and injuring eight others.

Offices and schools were closed for a national holiday - the Muslim festival of Eid - which may have saved lives.

The earthquake also was deeper below the surface than the 6.9-magnitude shock last year in Negros Island, also in central Philippines, that killed nearly 100 people.
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Date:Oct 16, 2013
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