Nearly 3 million affected by Visayas quake
MANILA – The magnitude 7.2 earthquake which hit the Visayas on Tuesday morning affected nearly 3 million individuals, with thousands still staying in evacuation centers.
In a press conference, Director Resty Macuto, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) - Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center chief, said 591,577 families or 2,957,885 individuals were affected by the quake in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor.
In Bohol, 28,100 people are currently staying in at least 34 evacuation centers, according to Macuto.
Macuto said 9 houses were completely damaged, while 284 were partially damaged. He said this figure is expected to rise as reports come in.
Power supply, meanwhile, was already restored in all areas as of 8 p.m. yesterday, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Reynaldo Balido Jr. said
Balido said the death toll in the major quake which was triggered by the movement of the East Bohol Fault is now at 107.
He said 97 people died in Bohol, where the epicenter of the magnitude 7.2 quake was recorded at 8:12 a.m. yesterday.
Nine others died in Cebu, while one was crushed dead by a wall in Siquijor.
At least 276 people were injured in the tremors, 166 of whom were from Bohol, 106 from Cebu, 3 from Siquijor and 1 from Negros Oriental.
Damaged roads, hospitals
The Department of Health said 11 hospitals were damaged in the region, 6 of which are being operated by the DOH, 3 by the private sector and 2 by local government units.
Dr. Arnel Rivera, chief of DOH – Health Emergency Management Staff's Response Division, said the 2 LGU-run hospitals are currently not functional.
Rivera said the patients of Cebu City Medical Center were transferred to a gymnasium, while those in Cong. Natalio P. Castillo Sr. Memorial Hospital in Loon, Bohol were transferred to a basketball court.
The DOH has already deployed a team of doctors who will assist affected residents in need of medical attention.
Meanwhile, Ernesto Gregorio Jr., director of Department of Public Works and Highways – Bureau of Maintenance, said 18 bridges in Bohol remain impassable.
At least 17 churches, most of which are in Bohol, were also damaged, according to Gregorio.
Gregorio said structural engineers have been deployed to the quake-hit provinces to examine infrastructures.
The Department of Education said there is an ongoing assessment of the structural integrity of about 2,719 schools in Bohol and Cebu, after which they will recommend to the local governments if classes can already push through.