(Eagle News)—Pampanga was placed under a state of calamity on Tuesday, April 23, a day after a 6.1-magnitude quake struck Luzon.
Vice governor Dennis Pineda said the declaration of state of calamity done by the provincial board was “to enable the people to immediately rebuild after the 6.1 magnitude earthquake late afternoon on Monday, April 22.”
Pineda said he has already ordered the mayors of Apalit, Sto. Tomas, and Guagua towns where there are Chuzon Supermarket branches to order the temporary closure of the stores “to give way to structural assessments.”
So far, at least four bodies were recovered from the rubble of the Chuzon Supermarket in Porac that collapsed.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said rescuers were still trying to recover two people believed to be alive from under the rubble.