Oct. 18 - The death toll from a powerful quake in the central Philippines reaches 173 and is hurting the region's tourism economy, but among the destruction is one young mother's story of hope. Mana Rabiee reports.
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The death toll from Tuesday's powerful quake in the central Philippines now stands at 173 people killed.
Hundreds were injured and some three million have been affected.
But there's another cost.
The 7.2 magnitude quake destroyed some of the islands' most popular tourist sites...centuries-old churches, landmarks and natural wonders.
Gone, too…the tourism money many of those affected by the quake relied on.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOWN ADMINISTRATOR NARCISO TORIBIO SAYING:
"All, everything is gone, so no operation, no tourist, no income."
Most of the fatalities were here, at the epicenter in Bohol Island, where the famous Chocolate Hills lie.
Some of the once-perfect cone-shaped domes…now just rubble.
But among the destruction…stories of hope.
This young mother went into premature labor right after the quake.
The 19-year-old hiked down from her mountainous village for help, passing through landslides and muddy roads only to realize the local hospital was damaged in the quake.
SOUNDBITE) (Visayan) EARTHQUAKE SURVIVOR AND MOTHER EILEEN ROSE CARABANA SAYING:
"All I can feel was fear, anxiety on my chest and pain."
She gave birth to a healthy baby boy in make shift tents set up by hospital staff.
Mother and child are doing well.
But they're among some 20,000 families living in temporary shelters…waiting, like much of the region, to pick up the pieces and rebuild.
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