The official death toll in the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in central Philippines last Tuesday rose to 185 people, Xinhua quoted a senior official as saying Sunday.
Speaking at a press conference, Eduardo del Rosario, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said nine people are still missing and 583 others were injured.
As of Sunday, Del Rosario said the number of affected population was 703,244 families or 3,542,281 people in central Philippines provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, and Iloilo.
Of that number, 22,816 families or 113,227 people are in 93 evacuation centres.
Del Rosario said workers have shifted to search and retrieval from search and rescue operations for the missing persons, who are all from Bohol.
However, he stressed that there were enough relief supplies for the people affected by the quake that severely hit Bohol and Cebu, but the problem was in bringing these supplies to those in the remote areas.
Asked if there was a need to sound an international appeal for assistance, Del Rosario said there is no need, at least for now.
"Maybe more on the recovery but (not) on the direct assistance now," he said.