OCD: Over 2,900 families affected, 60 injured in Davao de Oro earthquake
MANILA, Philippines — The 5.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Davao de Oro on Tuesday affected more than 2,900 families and injured 60 others, the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) reported on Thursday.
OCD Joint Information Center Head Diego Agustin Mariano said 1,800 families are in evacuation centers.
All 2,900 families received aid from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the OCD.
“Sa ngayon po ang buong NDRRMC agencies po ay nakapag-abot na po ng worth P6 million assistance. Ito po ay composed of family food packs, tents, and treating kits,” he said in a public briefing.
(Currently, the NDRRMC agencies gave P6 million worth of assistance. This comprises family food packs, tents, and treating kits.)
Mariano also reported that the earthquake caused P42 million in the region and injured 60 people. There was a power interruption in Davao de Oro but it has been restored, he added.
Currently, the OCD listed 8 roads that were permanently damaged.
The OCD also asked that citizens participate in the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill being held on Thursday.
“Naway makibahagi po tayo dito ng seryoso, lalong-lalo na po yung pag-conduct ng duck-cover-and hold. Kahit napaka simpleng protocol, itong duck-cover-and hold po ay makakaligtas po sa atin, makaka-minimize ng injuries, at makakabawas po ng casualties,” Mariano added.
(Let us participate seriously, especially in the duck-cover-and-hold [exercise]. Even if it is a simple protocol, the duck-cover-and-hold will save our lives, minimize injuries, and lessen casualties.) — MJ Soriano, trainee