- Posted October 15, 2013 by
Quake hits Phl; 25 dead
Cebu City has the highest number of casualties (15), followed by Tagbilaran City in Bohol with four and one in Siquijor province of the country’s southern part.
The quake was likewise felt in at least 20 cities and provinces in Central and Southern Philippines.
NDRRMC spokesperson Major Rey Balido said most of those killed were hit by debris and other rubble.
Balido said that they are still validating reports that some persons are trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Cebu and Bohol.
He said around 33 were reported injured and the teams are still assessing the damage.
Search-and-rescue efforts are ongoing as of this posting.
The earthquake took place around 8:12 a.m. followed by least 110 aftershocks in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao.
Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia told reporters that a four-year-old child was killed while the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was distributing conditional cash transfer (CCT) certificates to families belonging to the poorest of the poor.
Garcia said the child was killed in a stampede inside a public gymnasium while the people were running for their safety when the earthquake shook it for several minutes.
“The stampede happened during the pay-out of cash grants to beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) in the said areas,” said Garcia.
Meanwhile, DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman assured assistance to the victims of a stampede that occurred in Toledo City and Pinamungahan town in the Visayas Region.
Soliman cited that about 19 individuals were injured in the Toledo City stampede while a four-year old child died and 16 others were injured in the Pinamungahan incident.
Soliman also added that DSWD field office in Cebu City reported that its Crisis Intervention Unit building and the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) sustained damages.
“The babies under the custody of the RSCC were already transferred to a safer building,” Soliman added.