CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sent more troops to Kidapawan City and Tulunan City in northern Cotabato as reports of deaths and residents left homeless continue to pour in from cramped areas.
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked Tulunan City at 914 on Thursday, October 31, 2019, and collapsed buildings already weakened by two previously strong earthquakes.
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In a report from the disaster risk reduction and management department in the province of Cotabato, five have died in the city of Makilala .
A captain in Barangay, identified as Cesar Bangot, died when the Batasan Hall collapsed on Thursday morning while sorting relief items destined for the earthquake Tuesday, October 29, 201
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The others on the list are Juve Gabriel Jauod, Tessie Alcaide, Romel Galicia and Precilla Verona.
Apart from those who died as a result of the earthquake, more than 5,200 residents in Makilala town were also homeless after their houses were destroyed by the earthquake of Caritas Philippines, a church-based relief organization.
Colonel Ezra Balagtey, Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao spokesman, said elements from two Army brigades – the 901th Brigade and the 1002nd Brigade – have come together to help the effort.
Balagtey said Lieutenant General Felimon Santos, commander of the Armed Forces East Command, has ordered the distribution of Huey helicopter aircraft to Kidapawan and other affected areas.
Colonel Rey Alvarado, commander of the Army's 72nd Infantry Battalion, said that most patients who were evacuated from Kidapawan Medical Center eight will spend the night on the streets and open spaces.
"Electricity was restored here at 4 pm but the aftershocks are still very strong," Alvarado said.
He said that about 100 staff workers are still trapped in Mt. Apo Geothermal Power Plant in Barangay Ilomavis, Kidapawan City.
Alvarado said that roads leading to the power plant became immovable by fallen stones and debris.
He said that many of the Ubo Manobo Lumadas that live on the side of Mt. Apo has come down to Kidapawan after stones as big as boulders crushed their houses.
Rey Barnido, a member of a Caritas relief team, said that the local government in Makilala city informed them that the earthquake on Thursday morning left more than 5,200 families or more than 31,000 homeless.
"Occasionally we can feel the ground shaking and the shaking is very strong," Barnido said.
He added that Kidapawan City and the cities of Makilala and Tulunan need major relief efforts due to the earthquakes. / bmjo
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