More than 300 individuals were injured following the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that jolted several areas in Mindanao on Tuesday, data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed on Wednesday morning.
In its latest situation report, the NDRRMC stated that 394 persons were wounded while two others have gone missing. The agency, however, clarified that verification is still ongoing to determine the actual number of casualties.
Earlier reports said at least six individuals died following the earthquake and its aftershocks. In its latest report, the NDRRMC identified five of the fatalities as Nestor Narciso, 66; Angel Andy, 22; Rene Boy Andy, 7; Marichelle Moria, 23; and Jesriel Pabra, 15.
A total of 1,681 families or 8,405 persons were affected in three barangays in Region XII. Of that number, a total of 701 families or 3,505 persons are taking temporary shelter at an evacuation center in Barangay Ilomavis.
According to the NDRRMC, a total of 133 infrastructures in Regions IX, X, XI, XII, and BARMM were reported damaged due to the incident. The number includes 94 schools, 11 health facilities, seven other public structures, one place of worship and 20 private and commercial establishments.
The earthquake was felt in the various areas:
- Intensity VII - Tulunan & Makilala, Cotabato; Kidapawan City; Malungon, Sarangani
- Intensity VI - Davao City; Koronadal City; Cagayan De Oro City
- Intensity V - Tampakan, Surallah and Tupi, South Cotabato; Alabel, Sarangani
- Intensity IV - General Santos City; Kalilangan, Bukidnon
- Intensity III - Sergio Osmena Sr., Zamboanga Del Norte; Zamboanga City; Dipolog City; Molave, Zamboanga Del Norte; Talakag, Bukidnon
- Intensity I - Camiguin, Mambajao
The agency added that a total of 270 aftershocks were recorded as of 12 midnight.
Two mild earthquakes hit Tulunan, Cotabato this morning hours after the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that struck various Mindanao areas.
Regional disaster offices have continued to monitor their respective areas of responsibility. The NDRRMC said stockpiles and standby funds amounting to P1,978,803,247.13 have been on standby to give assistance to the affected individuals.
On October 16, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Central Mindanao, which took lives of seven individuals and wounded dozens. —KBK, GMA News