Thursday, 17 October 2013

Death toll in Central Visayas quake rises to 163, more bodies found in Bohol

The number of fatalities from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that shook Central Visayas has climbed to 163 with 21 still missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said at a news briefing on Thursday.

NDRRMC spokesman Maj. Rey Balido said Bohol now accounts for 149 fatalities; but Bohol's provincial information officer Tootsie Escoba said in a phone interview two more fatalities were added to the list of Bohol, for a total of 151 already.

Cebu has 11 deaths and Siquijor, one.

Balido said 375 individuals have been reported injured while 3.4 million people or 676,065 families were affected. Of the number, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is serving 32,941 families inside 85 evacuation centers.

NDRRMC added that 19,309 houses were partially or totally damaged: 2,926 partially damaged and 15,574 totally damaged in Bohol; 12 partially damaged and 797 totally damaged in in Cebu.

Before noon Thursday, the death toll climbed to 158, with officials reiterating the casualty count from the powerful quake was likely to rise as disaster response units begin reaching areas that had earlier been isolated by downed bridges or landslides.

At a briefing in Camp Aguinaldo Thursday morning, NDRRMC executive director Eduardo del Rosario said the number of injured persons also climbed to 374: 188 in Bohol, 182 in Cebu, three in Siquijor and one in Negros Oriental.

The NDRRMC said that 1,213 aftershocks had been recorded from Tuesday to 5 a.m. Thursday, with around 24 of these felt by residents in the affected provinces.

But the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, in the update page of its website, recorded at least three more aftershocks, the strongest a 5.5-magnitude tremor at 7:37 a.m. The other two were a 4.4-magnitude quake at 6:19 a.m. and one of 4.6-magnitude at 11:29 a.m.

The NDRMMC said the affected population also rose to 671,000 families, or more than 3 million people.

Of these, 6,511 families, or 32,954 people, are staying in 61 evacuation centers.

At least 605 houses were destroyed while 1,461 were damaged.

Damage to roads, bridges, and flood control was initially estimated at P75.15 million: P17.65 million in Cebu and P57.5 million in Bohol.

As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, the NDRRMC said 75 percent of power in Bohol had been restored.

Thursday 17 October 2013


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