MANILA, Philippines – The number of people who were hurt in the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit Bukidnon on Monday night, Nov. 18 has risen to 13, with over 500 families affected, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday.
In its latest report, the NDRRMC said the injured victims were transported to the nearest hospital for further treatment and management.
Most of them were reported to have suffered severe anxiety, and head injury, while another had loss of consciousness.
The agency said the quake affected a total of 501 families or 2,177 persons from 15 barangays in Region 10. Of this number 164 families are taking temporary shelter in one evacuation center.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) earlier reported that the magnitude 5.9 quake struck Bukidnon at 9:22 p.m. on Monday.
The tectonic quake’s epicenter was traced to Kadingilan town with a depth of focus of five kilometers.
A total of 296 houses in the towns of Kadingilan, Dangcagan, Valencia City and Damulog in Bukidnon were damaged due to the tremor.
Around 95 infrastructures, including schools and a health facility in Regions 10, 11 and 12 were also reportedly damaged.
In Don Carlos, a town near Kadingilan, at least 26 patients are still taking shelter in a gymnasium after they were evacuated from a hospital following the quake on Monday.
Most of them also opted to stay in the gymnasium due to aftershocks.
Local authorities said the hospital sustained cracks from the temblor and is still undergoing inspection.
“Prior sa pag-evacuate dito (gymnasium), this has already been designated as an evaluation area. It was already assessed prior sa kanilang paglipat,” Municipal Councilor Keith Anthony Kotico told UNTV News.
Meanwhile, officials from the Bukidnon provincial disaster office said it has started on Thursday the inspection of the structural integrity of affected buildings in Kadingilan town.
The local government of Kadingilan earlier announced it has extended the suspension of classes in all levels in public and private schools until Nov. 22 following the recommendation of disaster officials. – RRD (with reports from Correspondent Weng Fernandez)
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