US embassy allots $50,000 for Visayas quake survivors
MANILA -- The US embassy has allocated $50,000 or roughly more than P2 million to provide non-food relief items to quake-hit communities in the Visayas.
It will also give 6,000 units of hygiene kits to quake survivors in Bohol.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has been providing logistical assistance to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in some of the affected areas.
Two US military water purification units have also been transported to Tagbilaran City in Bohol.
The death toll from Tuesday's massive quake in Central Visayas has risen to 175 Saturday, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The NDRRMC said the number of people confirmed killed in Bohol, the province where the epicenter of the magnitude 7.2 quake was located, is now at 162.
At least 12 died in neighboring Cebu and 1 in Siquijor.
The NDRRMC said at least 487 people were injured in the quake: 393 in Bohol, 89 in Cebu, 3 in Siquijor, 1 in Negros Oriental and 1 in Iloilo.
Meanwhile, 17 remain missing in Bohol.
At least 695,466 families or 3,492,496 individuals were affected by the quake, with 22,004 families or 108,917 people staying in 90 evacuation centers.
The cost of damage caused by the strong quake was pegged at P549.85 billion. -- With ANC