Surigao quake damage cost nearing P700M

Surigao quake damage cost nearing P700M

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Cracks at the Surigao City airport after the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that rocked Surigao province on February 10, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL/ Presidential Photo

BUTUAN CITY, February 15, 2017 (PNA) — The initial estimated damage of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Surigao del Norte and Surigao City on Friday night has now reached almost P700 million.

The number of casualties stands at eight dead and 203 injured.

This is based on the Situational Report No. 11 data released by the Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management (RDRRMC) Operations Center which is continuously monitoring the effects of the earthquake, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Red Alert Status is still in effect at the RDRRMC Operations Center and its member-agencies.

Meanwhile, the Surigao City Council through Resolution No. 23-2017 declared Surigao City under a State of Calamity.

The earthquake affected 60 barangays with 1,790 families and 9,320 individuals.

The dead were identified as the following:

  • Robert Eludo, Jr. 40, of Purok 1, Barangay Bilabid, Surigao City
  • JM Ariar, 4, of Sitio Aton, Barangay Ipil, Surigao City
  • Lito R. Wilson, 36, of Purok 4, Barangay San Juan, Surigao City
  • Lorenzo L. Deguino, 85, of Purok 5, Barangay Poctoy, Surigao City
  • Roda Justina Taganahan, 83, of Barangay Bonifacio, Surigao City
  • Rommel Tano, 17, of Purok 3, Barangay Anomar, Surigao City
  • Jenelyn Ebale, 5, of Purok 6, Barangay San Juan, Surigao City
  • Wenefreda Aragon Bernal, 66, of Purok 3, Barangay Honrado, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte.

Of the 203 injured, 181 were outside patients, 15 were admitted in hospitals, and seven were referred to hospitals outside Surigao del Norte.

The Anao-aon Bridge in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte collapsed during the earthquake and is still impassable. Vehicles are being detoured to Delani Crusher in Barangay Diaz.

Malico Bridge at Daang Maharlika Road (Lipata-Surigao Section) has only one lane passable to only light vehicles.

The Daang Maharlika Road (Surigao-Ipil-Lipata Section/Surigao-Agusan Section) suffered intermittent damaged road sections. Removal of debris and clearing operations are ongoing and heavy trucks are rerouted to Surigao-San Juan coastal road.

Other national roads — the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road, Magpayang Mainit Wharf Road, Surigao San Coastal Road, and Surigao Wharf Road — suffered only minor cracks and are passable to all types of vehicles.

Power supply is fully restored in the towns of San Francisco and Malimono of Surigao del Norte and Surigao City.

The water supply of the town of Malimono was totally repaired but the pressure was low.

Repair is still ongoing for the Matin-ao Water Reservoir and Pipelines (Mainit town) and San Francisco Annex Water Supply (San Francisco) while the Parang-parang Source, Ima-Cananez Source and Lumaban/Balibayon Source of Surigao City are now fully restored.

Cancellation of flights is still in effect due to the damage of Surigao City airport and the damages to roads and bridges going to Lipata Ferry Terminal of Barangay Lipata, Surigao City. All vessels as well as port operations are transferred to Surigao City Port.

Totally damaged houses in Surigao City and Surigao Province reached 143 and those partially damaged totaled 1,647.

The damage to infrastructure and lifelines totaled P690,048,532.91. The total cost of assistance extended to Surigao City was P7,175,331.37.

Classes in all levels in Surigao City have been suspended starting February 13 until further notice, but work has resumed in offices or buildings that have been declared safe to occupy. (Noel B. Najarro/PNA)

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