Aftershocks in Bohol breach 3,000 mark; Death toll: 218
Two weeks after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake jolted Central Visayas, the number of aftershocks in Bohol has now breached the 3,000 mark while death toll continues to rise, reaching 218.
As of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded 3,019 aftershocks, of which 83 were felt.
On the casualty count, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that three more bodies were recovered in Getafe town, Bohol, bringing the death toll to 218.
Of the total number of fatalities, 204 were in Bohol, 13 on Cebu, and one in Siquijor.
The number of injured also went up as eight more people were listed in Buenavista town, Bohol, bringing the total count to 768. The number of people injured rose to 674 in Bohol, 89 in Cebu, three in Siquijor, and one each in Iloilo and Negros Oriental. Eight people were still missing.
NDRRMC spokesman Maj. Rey Balido said the retrieval operation for the eight missing people, which includes five children believed buried by boulders when the earth shook as they were swimming near a waterfall in Sagbayan town, Bohol.
“Tuloy-tuloy pa rin yung isinasagawang retrieval operations (and) clearing operations doon sa mga bumagsak na mga bahay, establishments,” Balido said.
“Slowly yung pagconduct ng post disaster risk assessment isinasagawa na rin ng makapag-shift na rin tayo sa early recovery at eventually, sa rehabilitation,” he added.
On Monday, the Philippine Navy (PN) announced that a Navy vessel loaded with more than 300 tons of relief supplies for the quake victims departed for Bohol.
The PN also sent its Naval Construction Brigade (Seabees) personnel to help in the construction of makeshift hospitals and in the repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction of infrastructures in seven Bohol towns.
The quake had affected 671,779 families or 3,217,094 people in 60 towns and six cities in six provinces in region 6 and 7.
Of these, 18,043 families or 90,854 people are currently sheltered in 367 evacuation centers.