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3-M affected by quake – DSWD

Villagers ride on a boat to cross a river after a bridge was damaged in Loon, Bohol, a day after an earthquake hit central Philippines October 16, 2013.  (MNS photo)

Villagers ride on a boat to cross a river after a bridge was damaged in Loon, Bohol, a day after an earthquake hit central Philippines October 16, 2013. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Tuesday’s quake affected 591,557 families (or more than 3 million individuals) from 879 barangays in 27 municipalities and 7 cities in 3 provinces, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said Wednesday.

The department said the temblor displaced 2,533 families (or 12,665 persons) Of this number, 2,500 families (or 12,500 individuals) found temporary shelter in 13 evacuation centers.

The DSWD figures are so much more than the earlier NDRRMC estimates of 500,000 peopleaffected by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that brought severe damages in Bohol and Cebu.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday also recorded more than 800 aftershocks, including a 5.1-magnitude that greeted President Aquino when he arrived in Tagbilaran City.

Citing DSWD data, NDRRMC said Cebu had the biggest affected population at 339,522 from 246 barangays of five cities and two municipalities, with Bohol coming at second with 102,516 affected people from 425 barangay of 16 municipalities and one city and an additional 2,677 from 22 barangays of just one town.

Authorities said recorded aftershocks were already at 823.

NDRRMC spokesman Maj. Rey Balido, meanwhile, said the death toll has climbed to 107.

“We have corrected the data from Cebu from 9 to 8,” Balido said.

During the first news conference held on Tuesday at the NDRRMC office in Camp Aguinaldo, Balido reported 15 deaths from Cebu. Validation made with the Police Regional Office 7 (PRO7) through regional director Chief Supt. Danilo Constantino reported only 9.

The number of injured remained at 164 individuals: 104 in Bohol, 57 in Cebu, and 3 Siquijor.

Balido, however, said casualty figures may change any time as rescuers continue to dig away on debris of collapsed houses, buildings, and other structures.

The Makati City government and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have sent teams of rescue experts to Bohol.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said two teams were sent Tuesday and a third team flew Wednesday morning to Bohol.

“We’re assessing if there is still need to send a fourth team. Our rescue teams on ground have been reporting to us that the devastation in Maribojoc and Loon in Bohol so massive. In fact, one of our teams in Maribojoc was able to recover the body of a woman from under the debris. They were asking for bread or any ready-to-eat food packs dahil wala silang mabilhan doon ng pagkain at wala na rin time na magluto pa sila dahil sa dami ng dapat nilang gawin sa pag-rescue doon (because there were no open stores and they have no time to cook because of the many things they have to do there),” Tolentino said.

According to Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), most of the displaced families are staying in open spaces rather than in community facilities for fear of further damage as aftershocks continue to rock the area.

“As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, 13 evacuation centers have been initially opened temporarily housing 1,830 families with 9,150 persons in Bohol. The evacuation centers are: one in Tagbilaran City serving 50 families; two in Alicia, Bohol providing temporary shelter to 150 families; six in Calape, Bohol with 1,000 families; and four in Tubigon with 600 families,” she said.

The DSWD-Central Visayas has re-activated its 24/7 Emergency Hotline (032) 232-9507 for public inquiries and updates on the hard-hit areas.

The DSWD’s Quick Response Team (QRT) was also in motion for 24-hour operation to monitor and assess the extent of damages as well as to provide updates on the response efforts of the Department in the four affected provinces.

DSWD and local government social workers are still validating the number of damaged houses.

“Some P10 million was released Tuesday to DSWD-Field Office 7 for purchase of relief goods for the affected population, as well as for the operational expenses in the disaster operations,” Soliman said.

All the affected areas have declared no classes at all levels.

In Loon, Mayor Lloyd Lopez said his office has so far 31 confirmed dead.

“Most needed here are food, drinking water, medical supplies, and power generators,” the mayor said.(MNS)

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