Coast Guard launches relief operations for quake victims
(The Freeman) - November 2, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas has launched a relief campaign to help quake victims in Mindanao.

The PCG is accepting food, cash, and other donations and will be delivered by them to Mindanao. As of yesterday, the PCG said it has already gathered P60,000 cash from different maritime stakeholders and coast guard stations.

According to the PCG, it used the cash donations to buy 300 kilos of rice, tents, mosquito nets, and bottled water. A shipping company also donated 822 packs of instant noodles.

For those who would like to donate, the PCG may be reached through its landline (032) 402-0489; Smart number 0998-585-8301; and Globe number 0917-842-7102.

Other PCG hotlines: 0917-622-1642 /0998-585-6254; Coast Guard Bohol 0917-816-3121; Coast Guard Southern Cebu 0905-402-4431; and Coast Guard Camotes 0917-809-5729.

A series of powerful quakes jolted Mindanao in a span of days this week killing at least 17 people and 403 injured.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the casualties in Davao Region and Soccsksargen died due to landslides, falling and collapsing debris and cardiac arrests resulting from the earthquakes.

The 6.6 magnitude earthquake last Tuesday, October 29, caused the deaths of three in Davao Region and seven in Soccsksargen. The Thursday, October 31, quake recorded at magnitude 6.5, meanwhile, led to six additional deaths.

The Thursday earthquake is the third to hit Mindanao in less than a month, following a 6.3 magnitude quake on October 16 and a 6.6 magnitude tremor on October 29 which had already weakened the foundation of homes, buildings and other structures.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded over a thousand aftershocks as of yesterday.

Intensity VII (destructive) shaking was reported in Tulunan and Makilala in Cotabato (also called North Cotabato); Kidapawan City; Sta. Cruz, Matanao, Magsaysay and Bansalan in Davao del Sur; and Digos City after the Thursday quake.

Meanwhile, Intensity VI (very strong) shaking was felt in Hagonoy, Davao Del Sur and Davao City.

A total of 6,009 families or more than 30,000 people were affected in 72 barangays due to the tremor. Around 2,500 families or 12,760 people are taking temporary shelter in 19 evacuation centers.

A total of 3,220 infrastructures in Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccskargen and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were reported damaged. These include 2,617 houses and 513 schools. From BANAT News and Philstar.com, FPL (FREEMAN)

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