Rescue operations in collapsed Porac supermarket end

THE search and rescue operations at the collapsed Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga, five days after last Monday's intensity 6.1 quake that jolted parts of Luzon, officially ended yesterday.

The Pampanga provincial police said several days of  search and rescue operations indicated that all  floors of the collapsed building were searched and their next focus  is the clearing of debris.  

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced the number of missing persons from the collapsed supermarket went down to five from the initially reported 14.

According to NDRRMC spokesperson Edgar Posadas,  the authorities are still validating the five missing individuals.

Posadas said most of the listed missing persons were actually safe and  within the area and are now back with  their families.

The NDRRMC said the death toll in the collapsed supermarket remained at five, while the number of injured and rescued from the rubble was nine.

The PNP has already started an investigation to determine the possible liability of the supermarket’s owner, as well as the local officials who approved its design.

The owner of the supermarket, identified as Samuel Chu, promised to give P50,000 cash assistance to each of the families of those killed in the accident and will shoulder the hospital bills of those injured.