Published: 14:45, February 14, 2024 | Updated: 18:53, February 14, 2024
Church floor collapse kills 1, injures over 50 in Philippines
By Xinhua

A ferry boat passes by Binondo district, about 6 Kilometres from Bulacan province on Feb 7, 2024, Manila, Philippines. (PHOTO / AP)

MANILA- An 80-year-old woman died and over 50 people were injured after the wooden second floor of a Roman Catholic church in Bulacan province, north of Manila, collapsed on Wednesday morning, officials said.

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City Mayor Arthur Robes told reporters that the woman was critically injured and died at the hospital.

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Gina Ayson, head of the San Jose del Monte City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said that the accident occurred around 7:20 am local time (2320 GMT on Tuesday) as Catholics packed the church to celebrate Ash Wednesday.

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Ayson initially reported that only 34 people were injured, mostly suffering from bruises and shoulder pain. But after an assessment, the disaster-prevention office increased the number of injured people to more than 50.