The number of people killed due to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Central Visayas last October 15, has already reached 171. There were also 375 people injured, and 20 more missing.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 3.4 million people were affected. Of this number, 20,034 families or 162,566 persons were displaced. Some 20,034 families 0r 97,618 persons are currently staying in 85 evacuation centers in Bohol.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the region continues to experience aftershocks. Phivolcs recorded 1,581 aftershocks, 29 of which were felt.
Massive destruction to property and infrastructures were reported in Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor. Power lines and phone networks were down right after the earthquake. Other minor damages were reported in Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Leyte.
Twelve landslide incidents were also reported in Bohol, and three in Cebu.
Local authorities said the death toll could still climb, especially in worst-hit areas in Bohol, where roads and bridges are still not passable.
Call for Donations
For donations, contact the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center at 72-A Times St., West Triangle Homes, Quezon City, with telephone numbers 632-929-9822/20 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing repair materials, water and food are needed at this time.