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OCD 11 raises red alert after strong earthquake

November 03, 2019 - Sunday 6:11 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 11 has raised its alert status to Red and activated the Response Cluster following the magnitude 6.6 magnitude earthquake that rocked Mindanao on Tuesday morning.

OCD 11 Operations head Frans Irag told the Mirror that all the needed resources at the regional units of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and other concerned government agencies are ready to respond to any time, especially in areas that are mostly affected.

“All resources have been prepositioned the regional levels ready for deployment in case they are needed in the area,” Irag said.

He said all Response Clusters, particularly food and non-food clusters, logistics, and law and order, are already activated for faster deployment and distribution of assistance to the affected families.

Irag said based on the consolidated report from the different Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (DRRMC) in the region, a total of 1,978 houses were damaged by both the 6.3-magnitude earthquake on October 16 and the 6.6-magnitude earthquake on October 29.

OCD 11 recorded a total of 3,096 families in Davao del Sur whose houses were destroyed or damaged.

“These families were evacuated and temporarily staying at established evacuation centers in their respective town,” Irag said.

Irag said of the affected families, 2,588 were forcely evacuated in five barangays in the municipality of Magsaysay, 420 families in Bansalan, 18 families in Matanao, and 70 families in Kiblawan, all in Davao del Sur.

He said 23 identified school building facilities in Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur have been declared unsafe and therefore not conducive for learning.

Irag said the Local DRRMCs are conducting assessment on the value of damage incurred by structures, properties, and agriculture.

“The revalidation of data is continuing so we can determine the cost of damage incurred from the earthquakes,” he said.