Pampanga to declare state of calamity after quake

Pampanga to declare state of calamity after quake
Relief workers survey heavy damages in Porac, Pampanga, after a powerful earthquake hit northern Philippines on April 22, 2019. At least five people were killed when buildings collapsed near Manila after a powerful earthquake set skyscrapers swaying and drove terrified locals into the street. Rescuers in one area were using heavy equipment and their bare hands to hunt for survivors in the rubble left by the strongest quake to strike close to the densely populated Philippine capital in years.
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MANILA, Philippines (2nd Update, 12:00 p.m.) — Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda has recommended declaring a state of calamity in the province following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck Metro Manila and Central Luzon Monday.

At least 11 people were killed in the aftermath of the earthquake. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers dig through the rubble of a collapsed supermarket in Porac town.

"Nagrekomenda na ako na mag-declare ng state of calamity. Kailangan nito 'yung support sa mga casualties (I recommended declaring a state of calamity. This is needed to support the casualties)," Pineda said in an interview with ANC's Headstart.

Pineda said the priority of rescuers is to look for survivors as they can still hear someone crying for help.

Porac town under state of calamity

The municipality of Porac, one of the worst-hit areas during the earthquake, has been placed under a state of calamity.

Porac Mayor Condralito dela Cruz said the local council agreed to declare a state of calamity in able to utilize the local government's calamity fund, according to a report from ABS-CBN News.

Houses of at least 40 families in the Guagua town were damaged, according to the Pampanga governor.

The governor noted that its the official report on damage and casualties are not yet final as the capitol is still receiving reports from towns.

President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the governors of the provinces affected by the quake to assess the damage in their respective localities.

The earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, struck at around 5:11 p.m. in Castillejos, Zambales.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported Intensity 5, described as "strong shaking and rocking felt throughout the building" in San Felipe, Zambales and Quezon City.

"Moderately strong" shaking Intensity 4 was recorded in Pasig City; Makati City; Caloocan City; Marikina City; Las Piñas City; San Jose del Monte, Bulacan; Floridablanca, Pampanga; Villasis, Pangasinan; Tagaytay City and Baguio City.

 Damariñas, Indang and General Trias in Cavite as well as in Lucban, Quezon; Muntinlupa City, Cabanatuan City; Palayan City; Gapan City; and Santo Domingo and Talavera in Nueva Ecija experienced "weak" Intensity 3. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: April 24, 2019 - 11:27am

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted Castillejos, Zambales on Monday. Get updates as we follow the story here.

April 24, 2019 - 11:27am

Clark International Airport Corp. says it will resume operations by 4 p.m. today, nearly two days after a strong earthquake damaged its terminal building.

"Clark airport is business as usual, from counters to manifest to boarding gates," Jaime Melo, CIAC president, says in a statement.

April 24, 2019 - 9:17am

Clark International Airport is set to resume full operations this afternoon. A test run will be conducted this morning.

April 24, 2019 - 8:30am

The death toll due to the earthquake remains at 16 while the number of injured rises to 86 as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to disaster officials. Fourteen people remain missing.

April 23, 2019 - 11:29am

Rescue operations are ongoing at the site of a collapsed building in Porac, Pampanga as people are still suspected to be trapped following yesterday's strong quake.

Authorities say 11 have been confirmed dead.

April 23, 2019 - 9:06am

At least nine schools sustained damage following Monday afternoon’s earthquake, according to the Department of Education.

Eight of these schools are in Central Luzon, the region where the epicenter of the quake was detected, and one is in Metro Manila.




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