Fatalities from Mindanao quake now 7

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    THE death toll from last week’s strong quake in Mindanao has risen to seven while the number of injured also increased to 215 people, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

    NDRRMC spokesman Mark Timbal the agency is validating the name of the seventh fatality, an adult male who was reported to have died of cardiac arrest in Makilala, North Cotabato, during the magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Wednesday last week.

    He said the man’s death was reported to the NDRRMC only yesterday.

    Timbal said the man is the third to die of cardiac arrest due to the magnitude 6.3 earthquake. The two others are from M’lang and Alamada, also in North Cotabato.

    Two of the seven fatalities died from a landslide in Magsaysay town, Davao del Sur while the two others were pinned by collapsed walls in Magsaysay town and in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao.

    The number of injured in the quake also rose from 208 as of Sunday to 215 yesterday — 136 in the Davao region and 79 in the Soccsksargen region.

    The NDRRMC also said there are at least 4,100 displaced families (about 20,700 persons) from the Davao and Soccsksargen regions.

    The number of destroyed and damaged structures — mostly houses and school buildings — also increased to 3,160 in the Davao, Soccsksargen and Bangsamoro regions.

    The NDRRMC has a team that is determining the amount the needed for the recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of the affected areas.

    Three towns have so far declared a state of calamity, meaning they can tap their calamity funds to address the effects of the quake. These are Matanao and Bansalan in Davao del Sur and Makilala in North Cotabato.

    The Department of Public Works and Highways reported an initial P86 million worth of damage in public infrastructure in parts of Mindanao.

    The DPWH Regional Office 12 (Soccsksargen) said all major roads and bridges in the region remain passable although some were damaged.

    Among damaged schools in the region are Dilangalen National High School, Southern Christian College, and Notre Dame of Midsayap College in North Cotabato, and New Isabela Elementary School, San Emmanuel National High School, and President Quirino National High School in Sultan Kudarat. – With Myla Iglesias