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Over 2,900 families affected by magnitude 5.9 quake in Davao de Oro — OCD

More than 2,900 families were affected following the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck Davao de Oro last March 7, according to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) on Thursday.

OCD Joint Information Center head Diego Agustin Mariano said more than 60 residents were injured and around 1,800 families were taking shelter in evacuation centers.

“Sa ngayon po meron na po tayong P42 million mahigit na worth of cause of damage dulot po ng lindol po. Sa ngayon po meron tayong walong kalsada hindi pa po passable, lahat po ay nasa Davao de Oro,” said Mariano.

(We have more than P42 million worth of damage due to the quake. We also have eight roads that are not yet passable, all of them are in Davao de Oro.)

Mariano said a power interruption also occurred in Davao de Oro, however, it was immediately restored.

He said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has already provided around P6.243 million worth of assistance composed of family food packs, tents, and sleeping kits for the affected residents.

The OCD official, meanwhile, encouraged the public to join the first quarter national simultaneous earthquake drill on Thursday.

"Lalo na ngayong araw ginaganap ang national simultaneous earthquake drill nawa’y makibahagi tayo dito ng seryoso lalo na po yung pagconduct ng duck, cover, and hold kahit napakasimpleng protocol eh itong duck, cover, and hold  makakaligtas po sa atin, makakaminimize ng injuries, at makakabawas sa casualties,” Mariano said.

(We encourage the public to join the national simultaneous earthquake drill, which is being held today. Let's take it seriously, especially participating in the duck, cover, and hold, even though it is a very simple protocol, it can save us, minimize injuries, and help reduce casualties.)

“Kaya kahit paulit ulit nating ginagawa ito po ay para magkaroon tayo ng muscle memory na kahit tumama yung the 'Big One,’ kahit tayo ay mataranta at matakot alam po natin ang gagawin dahil sa paulit-ulit na pagsasagawa ng earthquake drill tayo ay makakaligtas o makakaiwas sa sakunang dulot ng lindol po,” he added.

(We are doing this over and over again in order for us to have that muscle memory so that even if the “Big One” occurs, even if we are confused and scared, we know what to do and survive an earthquake disaster.)

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said on Tuesday that the earthquake struck Davao de Oro at 2:02 p.m. It had its epicenter eight kilometers southeast of the municipality of New Bataan. It had a depth of 10 km and was tectonic in origin. —Richa Noriega/ VAL, GMA Integrated News