FIVE persons were killed, two missing, 394 wounded and 1,681 families were affected in the strong earthquake that rocked Cotabato and other provinces in Region 12, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said yesterday.
As of 6 a.m. yesterday, the NDRRMC reported that a total of 270 aftershocks were recorded, ranging from magnitude 1.5 to 6.1 and intensity of one to seven.
The fatalities were identified as Nestor Narciso, 66, of Koronadal City, who died due to trauma; Angel Andy, 22, and son Rene boy Andy, 7, who were hit by falling rocks while tending their farm in Sitio Kitao, Bgy. Lanao Kuran, Arakan, Cotabato; Marichelle Morla, 23, who was hit by falling debris in Sitio Alimodian, Bgy. Bunayal, Tulunan, Cotabato; and Jesriel Parba, 15, of Kasuga National High School in Davao del Sur, who was hit by hollow blocks in the head while trying to get out from a school building.
Two persons were reported missing from landslide in Sitio Saulbulawan, Bgy. Bituan, Cotabato.
A total of 394 persons were injured and 1,681 families were affected in three barangays in Region 12.
Of the number of affected families, 701 or 3,505 persons were temporarily sheltered at the evacuation centers in Bgy. Ilomavis while 980 families or 4,900 persons were served outside evacuation centers.
About 133 infrastructures were damaged, including 94 school buildings, 11 health facilities, seven other structures, one place of worship and 20 private and commercial establishments.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that struck Tulunan, Cotabato at 9:04 a.m. on Tuesday was tectonic origin.
Senator Richard Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), immediately mobilized the PRC chapters to provide all necessary assistance to the quake-hit areas.
The PRC chapters in South Cotabato, Cotabato City/Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, Davao Del Sur, General Santos, and Davao City immediately dispatched ambulances, rescue teams and emergency personnel to the affected areas.
Gordon said mobile first aid and welfare desks were set up in North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.
The PRC chairman also said that in areas where electrical supply and water access have been disrupted, the Red Cross is prepared to deploy field medical tents with generators for the injured and water bladders and filtration units for the community if needed.
With Marlon Purificacion