Davao quake death toll rises to 8

December 17, 2019

THE number of fatalities brought about by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that shook parts of Davao region on Sunday rose to eight yesterday with 209 injured and at least two others recorded as missing, the Police Regional Office 11 reported yesterday.

PRO11 director, Brigadier General Filmore B. Escobal said that as of press time, police, military and civilian volunteers were still racing against time to find possible survivors believed to have been trapped underneath collapsed buildings and other structures in quake-affected parts of the region.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council said it recorded eight fatalities from Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental with 49 others injured.

The NDRRMC said 1,961 families composed of nearly 9,755 persons were displaced in 12 barangays in the region and are currently being housed in 13 government-run evacuation centers.

The number of damaged public structures in the Davao and Soccsksargen regions also rose to 36,  including seven totally damaged buildings and 11 partially damaged school buildings in Davao del Sur and Sarangani, said the NDRRMC.

According to Escobal, there were a total of 12,224 houses in the region which were partially damaged along with 688 other infrastructures and six police buildings including that of the Hagonoy, Matanao, Sta. Cruz and Sulop Municipal Police Stations, the 1st Davao del Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company headquarters in San Agustin, Digos City and the local provincial headquarters.

There were also a total of 5,095 houses and 60 structures as well as the Kiblawan, Magsaysay and Padada Municipal Police Stations in Davao del Sur which were totally damaged.

At least seven roads in the region were also rendered impassable to all types of vehicles due to have damage or landslide. Some areas in Matanao, Kiblawan and Padada municipalities also have no power supply as of press time.