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Over 108K residents displaced due to magnitude 7.4 Hinatuan earthquake

A total of 108,633 individuals or 31,481 families transferred to evacuation centers after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur on Saturday, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said Monday.

Interviewed on Super Radyo dzBB, Surigao del Sur PDRRMO head Alex Arana said that 115 evacuation centers in the province have been activated to cater to the number of displaced residents.

He noted that 200,228 individuals or 57,893 families situated in 144 barangays were affected by the strong earthquake.

“Actually, hanggang ngayon kami ay natatakot pa rin kasi ang aftershocks ay sunod sunod pa rin. Halos araw araw ay may aftershocks kaming nararamdaman,” he said.

(Actually, until now we are still afraid because there are aftershocks one after the other. We feel aftershocks almost every day.)

Two individuals were reported dead due to the earthquake—one in the city of Bislig, and one in the municipality of Barobo, according to Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Caraga director Liza Mazo on Monday.

Nine individuals were also reported injured but are not in critical condition.

Arana said that 115 houses in Surigao del Sur were totally damaged, while 465 houses were partially damaged. Repair for such will cost around P46 million, he said.

As to damage in infrastructure and other government facilities, he said that P15.2 million would be needed. Another P4 million is also required to fix damaged roads. — RSJ, GMA Integrated News