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Magsaysay now under state of calamity

October 19, 2019 - Saturday 6:10 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY --  A state of calamity has been declared in the municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur due to the severity and extent of damages done by the strong earthquake that hit parts of Mindanao Wednesday night.

Municipal information officer Anthony Allada said the 6.3 magnitude earthquake felt across Mindanao had destroyed a total of 2,021 houses and caused damage to school buildings, facilities, infrastructure, and the town’s two-storey hall.

He said of the 2,021 damaged houses, 395 were declared totally destroyed, 1,144 partially destroyed, while 482 houses incurred light damage.
The tremor also caused 255 families with 910 individuals to evacuate to a temporary evacuation center in Magsaysay.

The declaration was based on the recommendations made by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office after conducting assessments and evaluations around the town following the quake.

Initial estimates by the local government unit posted P200 million for agricultural and infrastructural damage in Magsaysay.

The declaration of the state of calamity will allow officials to tap into the municipality’s emergency funds.

Accordingly, food and other basic needs of the evacuees will be prioritized for fund allocations.

Three casualties were recorded in the area, which were directly caused by a landslide in Purok 6, Barangay Malawanit in the town of Magsaysay.

The casualties have been identified as Angel Lakay, 22; her 10-month-old baby, Jayjay; and two-year-old Kristine Ruda, who died after she was hit by a falling window jamb.

Forty-three people were also treated for injuries at different hospitals in Davao del Sur.

The epicenter of the tectonic earthquake was located in neighboring Tulunan in North Cotabato, that caused structural damage to two commercial buildings, a birthing center, a shrine, and a barangay hall.

It was reported that these structures have already been declared unsafe for occupancy.