Winnipeg’s Filipino community fundraises for quake victims

Winnipeggers are fundraising for victims of a massive earthquake that hit the Philippines Tuesday morning.

Over 90 killed after 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Phillipine island of Bohol

Many in Winnipeg are fundraising for victims of a massive earthquake that hit the Philippines. 1:51
Winnipeggers are fundraising for victims of a massive earthquake that hit the Philippines Tuesday morning.
A resident walks past a building collapsed during an earthquake in Cebu city, central Philippines on Tuesday. (Stringer/Reuters)
More than 90 people were killed after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the island of Bohol, just days after a typhoon came through the same area.

“The other typhoon just left two days ago, and then after that they had an earthquake, and it’s better that there’s no tsunami,” said Lito Taruc, the president of the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba.

Taruc is encouraging people to make cash donations to the centre for earthquake relief.

“A financial donation is easy to send right away,” he said.

Taruc said the quake struck on a religious holiday in the Philippines, and the death toll could have been much higher if people were at school or work. Tuesday afternoon, rescue workers were trying to reach patients trapped in a collapsed hospital.

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