(UPDATED at 1:40 p.m., Feb. 13, PH time) Victims of the earthquake in Surigao del Norte need potable water and shelter materials, according to a spokesperson of the National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Center (NDRRMC).
In a press conference on Monday, February 13, Mina Marasigan said the 6.7 quake that struck the province on Friday night, February 10, has destroyed water pipes and infrastructure as the estimated damage reached P108.45 million.
Marasigan said that water filtration systems were being sent to Surigao to provide potable water for those in need.
“Etong filtration system, ‘eto kahit ilagay mo yung hose sa river for example, pag lumabas na sa filtration system, pwede na syang inumin,” said Marasigan.
(This filtration system, even if you put the hose in the river, for example, when this comes out of the filtration system, the wayer becomes potable.)
Marasigan also expressed the need for tents for families whose houses were damaged by the quake.
She said that some victims were using tarpaulin and ropes to make improvised tents near their house.
“‘Yung mga tarpaulin at mga tali, ginamit para mag-camp out dun sa mismong tabi ng kanilang mga bahay, gusto kasi nila, nababantayan pa rin nila ang kanilang mga bahay,” she said.
(The tarpaulins and ropes are used by the victims to camp out near their homes because they want to watch over them.)
Marasigan said that the NDRRMC was currently waiting for another C-130 cargo aircraft with relief supplies to be distributed in Surigao.
Initial relief supplies were delivered to the city on Feb. 12 via Lockheed C-130 “Hercules”.
The NDRRMC recorded that around 1,034 houses were damaged by the quake
Of the 1,034 houses, 155 were totally damaged.
Marasigan said that as of Monday, eight deaths were reported, and 202 were injured due to the earthquake.
Of the eight who were killed, four were identified by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
* Robert Eludo Jr.
* J.M. Ariar
* Lito R. Wilson
* Lorenzo L. Dequino
In a separate announcement, Surigao City has suspended classes in all levels “until further notice”.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided relief assistance to Surigao City and its nearby municipalities in Surigao del Norte.
The DSWD said that 1,685 families in 60 villages were affected in Surigao City and in San Francisco, Malimono, Minit and Sison.
The agency said the total cost of assistance it has given to these affected areas has amounted to P6.4 million.
Among those distributed were 5,000 blankets and mosquito nets; 20,000 pieces of high energy biscuits; 500 dignity kits; 150 solar panels and 10 generator sets.
DSWD also said that there were 130 houses that were totally damaged while 1,555 were partially damaged.
The DSWD also delivered to Surigao City 3,500 pieces of 6.6 liters of bottled water and 500 pieces of 4 liters of bottled water.
Surigao City has declared a state of calamity.