People of the Bohol and Cebu provinces in the Philippines are reeling from a deadly earthquake that hit early Tuesday. Bohol and Cebu officials have declared a state of emergency.
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake has left at least 49 people dead according to CNN. Falling rubble and debris were the main causes of death and injury, the Philippines News Agency reported. Roads, bridges and power lines received the brunt of the earthquake's destructive forces. A number of people remained trapped in collapsed houses but aftershocks have made it difficult and dangerous for emergency relief workers to free these people.
"Right now we are in the streets because it is unsafe to be inside," Maryann Zamora, a communications specialist with World Vision, told CNN during a phone interview.
Tuesday was a national holiday in the Philippines, so people were absent from some of the larger structures that were damaged, like schools and some of the older churches.
"It's a very strange and frightening experience when the very foundations of the house and surrounding area shake uncontrollably," David Venables, a British man who's lived in Cebu for more than seven years, told the BBC. While he said he had experienced other earthquakes during his time on the island nation, he felt this was the largest one he had felt.
President Benigno Aquino is scheduled to visit the demolished provinces on Wednesday, to oversee some of the relief work being done.