A Mindanao Earthquake Update: Death Toll Rises to Nine.
MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Monday that a magnitude 6.8 earthquake, which struck Sarangani, Davao Occidental last week, has resulted in the tragic loss of at least nine lives. The NDRRMC’s 8 a.m. situational report indicated eight fatalities in Soccsksargen and one in the Davao Region, following the powerful quake that shook Mindanao on November 17.
Additionally, the NDRRMC disclosed that 15 individuals sustained injuries due to the Mindanao earthquake, and fortunately, no one has been reported missing. The impact of the quake has been significant, affecting a total of 12,885 individuals from 43 barangays in Soccsksargen and Davao.
The Mindanao earthquake, which originated off the waters of Sarangani, caused extensive damage to residences. A total of 97 houses were completely destroyed, while 729 houses suffered partial damage, according to the NDRRMC’s assessment. The aftermath of this natural disaster has left a profound impact on the affected communities.
Currently, three out of the twelve roads in Soccsksargen are still impassable due to the recent Mindanao earthquake.
Despite being on a state visit to the United States, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. held a virtual meeting with government officials on Sunday evening. During the meeting, he directed the authorities to persist in providing relief operations to support the families affected by the Mindanao earthquake. The President’s remote engagement underscores the government’s commitment to addressing the ongoing challenges and ensuring assistance to those impacted by the seismic event.