3,019 aftershocks two weeks after Bohol quake

Exactly two weeks after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake jolted Central Visayas, authories said the number of aftershocks recorded breached the 3,000 mark.

The death toll from the devastation caused by the quake also continued to rise, reaching 218 based on latest report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 29), the NDRRMC said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phibolcs) had recorded 3,019 aftershocks, of which 83 were felt.

On the casualty count, the NDRRMC reported that three more bodies were recovered in Getafe town, Bohol, bringing the death toll to 218.

Of the total number of fatalities, 204 were in Bohol, 13 on Cebu, and one in Siquijor.

The number of injured also went up as eight more people were listed in Buenavista town, Bohol, bringing the total count to 768. The NDRRMC gave the breakdown on the number of injured as 674 in Bohol, 89 in Cebu, three in Siquijor, and one each in  Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

Eight people were still missing. NDRRMC spokesman Maj. Rey Balido said five of the missing are children believed buried by boulders when the earth shook as they  were swimming near a waterfall in Sagbayan town, Bohol.

Relief operations is likewise continuing. On Monday, the Philippine Navy (PN) announced that a Navy vessel loaded with more than 300 tons of relief supplies for the quake victims departed for Bohol.

The Navy also sent its Naval Construction Brigade (Seabees) personnel to help in the construction of makeshift hospitals and in the repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction of infrastructures in seven Bohol towns.

The deadly quake had affected 671,779 families or 3,217,094 people in 60 towns and six cities in six provinces in region 6 and 7.

Of these, 18,043 families or 90,854 people are currently sheltered in 367 evacuation centers.

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