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Families are at risk of landslides following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines, reports children’s charity Plan International.
More than 1,200 aftershocks have been felt since the earthquake hit the island of Bohol on Tuesday.
It is thought at least 158 people have died and nearly 400 have been injured.
Mardy Halcon, Communications Officer for Plan in the Philippines, has visited some of the affected areas.
“Due to continuous aftershocks, children and families living in informal settlements and hazard areas are at risk of landslides,” she says.
“Most of the bridges are not passable; local landslides have cracked roofs and there are some really huge rocks along the road,” she adds.
More than 18,000 homes have been damaged along with 134 schools, some of which have collapsed classrooms. More than 276,000 children are still unable to go to school.
Government buildings, historical sites, churches and hospitals have also been affected.
Plan has a team on the ground in Bohol conducting a needs assessment and is helping children and their families in the worst-affected areas.
Ms Halcon said the priorities were providing access to clean drinking water, shelter and psychosocial counselling for children.
Plan has worked in the Philippines for more than 50 years and has a team of technical experts used to responding to natural disasters.