PAMPANGA — Beset with power outage in the wee hours Tuesday, search and rescue teams struggled to retrieve at least 30 persons believed to be trapped at the Chuzon supermarket in Porac town following the strong tremor across Luzon island.
As of 2 a.m., 5 people have been rescued and brought to hospitals. Some of them were badly injured and in a state of shock, with one woman having one leg severed.
At least 5 people have died from the catastrophe, based on an initial report from Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
There are still signs of life inside the supermarket, according to Senior Supt. Samuel Tadeo of the Bureau of Fire Protection.
The four-storey building collapsed when a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Castillejos, Zambales Monday afternoon, rocking a large part of Luzon.
“We have enough manpower and personnel to conduct search and rescue operations. We also have enough equipment here,” said Police Regional Office (PRO) Central Luzon director Joel Napoleon Coronel.
Porac Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz said the structure was relatively new, roughly 4 years ago since it was built.
“Ang nakikita namin, baka sumobra ‘yung laman sa 4th floor kasi kung makikita mo, dalawa ‘yung tangke doon,” he said.