Visayas quake death toll now at 185
MANILA (UPDATE 2) -- The death toll from the massive earthquake in Visayas last Tuesday has reached 185 as of Sunday, according to a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
As of 7 a.m. Sunday, the NDRRMC said 185 individuals have died from the killer quake, with 172 coming from Bohol, where the epicenter of the magnitude 7.2 quake was located.
Twelve people died in the neighboring province of Cebu, while one died in Siquijor.
At least 583 people were injured, 489 of whom were from Bohol. Eighty-nine people in Cebu also suffered injuries. Nine people – all from Bohol – remain missing.
As of Sunday, 3,542,281 persons or 703,244 families in five municipalities and eight cities in regions 6 and 7 have been affected by the quake.
Of the over 3.5 million people affected, 379,495 persons were displaced. Nearly 23,000 families – or 113,227 persons – are staying inside 93 evacuation centers in Bohol. Over 55,000 families, or 257,268 individuals, are staying outside evacuation centers.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded 2,047 aftershocks, 37 of which were felt. Landslides also occurred in Both Cebu and Bohol.
The cost of damage has been pegged at P549,850,000.
A total of 36,645 houses were damaged in Bohol, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Iloilo and Guimaras. There were 38 bridges that were damaged, though 34 remain passable. Eighteen roads were affected, 16 of which remain passable.
A strong aftershock was felt at 4:40 a.m. Sunday, which Phivolcs pegged at magnitude 5.1. The epicenter of the tremor was located 60 kilometers northeast of Tagbilaran City. Intensity 4 was felt in Lapu Lapu City, while Intensity 2 was felt in Iloilo City.
At 9:45 a.m. Sunday, a magnitude 5.0 aftershock was also recorded. The epicenter was located 35 kilometers northeast of Tagbilaran City.
Intensity 5 was felt in Tagbilaran City, while Intensity 3 was felt in Lapu-Lapu City and Dumaguete City.