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Death toll from Philippines earthquake rises to 206

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Manila, Oct 25 (EFE).- The death toll from the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that shook the central Philippines this month has risen to 206, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Friday.

The council said there were also 720 people injured and that 10 have been missing since Oct. 15 when the temblor struck the Visayas region.

Of the total number of fatalities, 192 died on Bohol Island where the epicenter was located.

The quake affected more than 3.1 million people, according to updated data, and caused infrastructure damage worth more than 1.4 billion pesos ($32 million).

Seventeen historic churches were also damaged, including the 16th-century Minor Basilica of the Holy Child in Cebu, considered the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country.

President Benigno Aquino visited Bohol last Wednesday to express the government's solidarity with the victims. He spent the night in a military tent half a kilometer (a third of a mile) from an evacuation center.

Aquino said he enjoyed the experience and that it reminded him of his youth in the Boy Scouts.

The Philippines is located in the "Pacific Ring of Fire," a region of frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity.

The Asian nation is rocked by about 7,000 earthquakes annually, the majority of them moderate.

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