Quake-damaged houses in 5 Ormoc villages abandoned


ORMOC CITY, Leyte — Five mountain villages in Ormoc City were identified as heavily affected by the 6.5 magnitude quake which struck Leyte province on July 6, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) here said in an interview Sunday night.

The five mountain villages were identified as Cabaon-an, Tongonan, Milagro, Danao and Cabintan. Heavily damaged portions, specifically of Tongonan village, reached by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Sunday saw roads and houses destroyed by the tremor. The floors of the damaged houses were seen cracked and split in several parts. Roads were cracked with wide gaps as some parts were elevated.

Several houses in these areas were heavily damaged and have become unlivable, said the CDRRMO.

Some residents are staying in tents they put up along the roads as they refused to go back to their homes fearing the continuous aftershocks.

Damaged houses were abandoned for fear they might collapse since aftershocks still occur.

The city was once again rocked on Monday by the strongest aftershock recorded after the July 6.

Ormoc City experienced ground shaking on Monday with reports stating it was intensity 5.6 with epicenter located in the city.

The chief of police station 1 Chief Insp. Omar Cartalla confirmed one occupant of a four- storey Pongos Hotel located at the city center jumped from the second floor to the ground during the quake.

The hotel security guard assisted the victim and was rushed by the city rescue unit to Ormoc Doctor’s Hospital. Cartalla added, the victim sustained knee injury. After the morning’s tremor the CDRRMO assisted people who fell unconscious after the tremor. Elvie Roa/PNA-northboundasia.com