5 kids feared crushed by boulders in Bohol
MANILA – Five children are feared buried by boulders when a major quake struck Bohol province last Tuesday, the Philippine National Police said.
In a press conference, Senior Superintendent R'Win Pagkalinawan of the PNP – Disaster Response and Relief Task Group, said 5 children aged 9 to 15 were swimming near a waterfall in Barangay Katipunan in Sagbayan town when the quake occurred.
Pagkalinawan, citing information from Bohol Police, said the children were crushed by boulders which fell from the top of the waterfall.
He said search and rescue operations have yet to be undertaken because only heavy equipment can remove the boulders believed to have crushed the missing children.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the number of people who died in Tuesday's massive quake has risen to 171.
The NDRRMC said the number of people confirmed killed in Bohol is now at 159. At least 11 died in neighboring Cebu and 1 in Siquijor.
The NDRRMC said at least 375 were injured in the quake: 188 in Bohol, 182 in Cebu, 3 in Siquijor, 1 in Negros Oriental and 1 in Iloilo.
Aside from the reported 5 children missing in Sagbayan, 10 were also missing in Loon, 4 in Antequera, and 3 each in Tagbilaran City and Clarin.
3.4 million affected
At least 680,150 families or 3,426,957 individuals were affected by the quake, with 22,259 families or 110,392 people staying in 89 evacuation centers.
The number of houses damaged by the quake in Cebu and Bohol, meanwhile, has soared to 34,590.
The Department of Health (DOH) said that from the reported 60 injured survivors in Loon town who needed to be operated on, the number is now down to 16 after medical teams arrived in the isolated town.
Some of the patients were also brought to Celestino Gallares Hospital in Tagbilaran City, according to Dr. Arnel Rivera, chief of DOH – Health Emergency Management Staff's Response Division.
Rivera said more drugs and medical supplies are expected to arrive in the hard-hit areas. Additional medical teams, including psychologists and epidemiologists, are also on their way to Bohol.
The Department of Education is also planning to have Bohol teachers trained on how to conduct stress debriefing to help students traumatized by the disaster recover easily.
A total of 1,581 aftershocks have been recorded from the massive quake as of 5 a.m. Friday, 29 of which were felt by the people, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Rescue and relief efforts are still hampered as some 7 bridges remain impassable and 4 totally collapsed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
At least P553.41 million worth of roads, bridges and flood control equipment were damaged.