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Hinatuan earthquake death toll now at 3 —NDRRMC

The reported fatalities due to the magnitude 7.4 earthquake that hit Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur increased to three, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said the fatalities were reported from Davao and Caraga regions.

The number of injured individuals stands at 48.

A total of 528,203 people or 132,615 families were affected by the earthquake in Davao, Caraga, and Northern Mindanao regions.

Of the affected population, 28 people or eight families are staying in an evacuation center, while 23 persons or six families are taking shelter in other places.

A total of 1,845 individuals or 447 families were preemptively evacuated in Davao Region.

According to the NDRRMC, a total of 3,887 houses were reported damaged —3,583 partially and 304 totally.

Damage to infrastructure worth P4.81 million was reported.

Communication line problems were experienced in 19 areas and water supply issues in one area in Caraga.

State of calamity was declared in Surigao del Sur on Tuesday,

Around 83 classes and 44 work schools have been suspended.

Assistance worth P3,935,406 has been given to the earthquake victims so far, according to the NDRRMC.

The magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur on Saturday evening, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said.

The earthquake, which was initially measured at magnitude 6.9, occurred at 10:37 p.m. at a depth of 25 kilometers.

Its epicenter was located 30 kilometers northeast of Hinatuan town. —Joviland Rita/ VAL, GMA Integrated News