NDRRMC: 2 dead, 72 hurt in Leyte magnitude 6.5 quake

MANILA — The number of persons wounded in the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rocked Ormoc City, Leyte and other nearby provinces has reached 72 along with two deaths, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced Friday.

In a 10:40 a.m. press briefing, NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan said the number of wounded is broken into: 43 for Kananga; three in Ormoc, and 26 in Carigara, all in Leyte.

Majority of the injuries were caused by falling debris due to the temblor.

She also identified the two fatalities as Gerry Movilla, 40, married from Kananga; and Rhissa Rosales, 19, of Purok 2, Barangay Cabaon, Ormoc City.

Movilla died after the three-storey Queda Building collapsed in Barangay Poblacion, Kananga, while Rosales died after being hit by falling hollow blocks.

Marasigan said the number of injured in the temblor could go higher once the NDRRMC “rapid damage and needs assessment” is completed.

As this developed, the NDRRMC spokesperson said that all six persons trapped in the collapsed Queda Building were safely rescued by authorities.

These were identified as Marian Superales, 42; Jevy Omulon; Aina Nicole Geraldez, 7; Sancho Geraldez, 4; Edgar Cabahug; and Irene Flores.

Aside from the building in Kananga, two classrooms also collapsed in the Bienvenido Celebre National High School in Barangay Uguiao, Jaro, Leyte.

Cracks were detected at the Campokpok Bridge, Calubian-San Isidro-Tabango-Villaba Palompon, and Tabangco-Catmon-La Fortuna-Manlawan-Gimarco Road, all under the supervision of Leyte 3rd District Engineering Office.

Despite the damage, all of the roadways and bridges remain passable.

Cracks were also reported in the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road, Kinuhanga Bridge along Palompon-Isabel-Merida-Ormoc Road and Pagsangaan Bridge along Palompon-Isabel-Merida-Ormoc Road, all supervised by the Leyte 4th District Engineering Office.

Marasigan said power supply interruptions were also reported in Bogo City, Cebu and Tagbilaran City and Jagna, Bohol.

These can be attributed to some damage sustained by the switchguard of the Jaro Powerplant in Kahandugan, Leyte. PRIAM F. NEPOMUCENO/GILBERT VILLARUZ AND JAYVEE H. CASTRO (OJTs)/PNA-northboundasia.com