PORAC, PAMPANGA -- Authorities on Wednesday said there is "no more proof of life" under the rubble of Chuzon supermarket here, which collapsed due to Monday's 6.1-magnitude earthquake that shook parts of Luzon.
Police Col. Jean Salvador Fajardo, provincial director of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office, said rescuers searched for signs of life via machines and K-9 dogs and did not detect anybody, except for the leg of a woman amputated while she was being rescued Monday night.
The mart's 92 employees have all been accounted for. Two of them were among the 5 killed in the collapse.
No one is looking for lost relatives, Fajardo added.
"Based on our rescuers, wala na tayong tao sa loob either patay o buhay po (there is no one left under the rubble, either dead or alive)," she noted.
Still, authorities are not shifting the search and rescue operations to retrieval efforts with hopes that “there's still a possibility” that the dogs and machine had made a mistake in finding no more signs of life in the rubble.
Personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways started their clearing operations Wednesday afternoon, and retrieval operations may start on Friday.