Mindanao quake death toll rises to 6

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 19)— The death toll has risen to 6 people, with 167 others reported injured after Wednesday night’s magnitude 6.3 earthquake that rocked Tulunan, North Cotabato, and nearby towns and provinces.

In its latest report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that an unidentified person from Alamada, Cotabato is the latest fatality from the powerful quake, which also wreaked havoc on 2,512 infrastructure facilities in regions of SOCCSKSARGEN, Davao and Bangsamoro.

The powerful tremor also affected 3,879 families, including 19,395 people from 76 villages in SOCCSKSARGEN and Davao, the report added.

Three other deaths were reported in Magsaysay town in Davao del Sur, including a mother and her child whose bodies were found buried in a landslide triggered by the quake; one from M’lang, Cotabato who suffered a heart attack as a consequence of the disaster, and one from Maguindanao, who was killed when the wall collapsed.

The quake also caused two towns to declare a state of calamity – Magsaysay in Davao del Sur and Makilala in Cotabato.

A number of Magsaysay residents have refused to return to their respective homes, temporarily seeking shelter in tents because they fear another disaster.

Three aftershocks have been felt in Davao del Sur since Friday night. Residents said the tremors caused bigger cracks on roads and a hill in Malawanit.

As of 8 p.m. Saturday, a total of 611 aftershocks have been recorded, 26 of them felt, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said. The tremors ranged from magnitudes 1.5 to 5.5.

PHILVOCS said no more damage and after-effects are expected.

Over 2000 residents near Mt. Apo evacuated

Over 2000 residents near the foot of Mt. Apo in Kidapawan City were forcibly evacuated after authorities discovered a 97-meter long fissure near their homes, following the destructive quake that hit Cotabato.

Data from Kidapawan City Disaster Risk Management Office show 2,271 individuals were evacuated from Barangay Ilomavis since Wednesday evening.

They were relocated to the covered courts of Sitio Agco, Sudsuhayan, Tinago, Sayaban and Ilomavis to ascertain their safety in case of aftershock-triggered landslides, Kidapawan City disaster management officer Psalmer Bernalte said. Houses in Ilomavis are mostly built near the cliff.

Bernalte said he recommended to the CDRRMC that families in the relocation site be moved again to safer areas.

Nancy Bringas, a resident of Lake Agco Relocation Site in Ilomavis said they stay in their houses during daytime but spend the nights in the covered court.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Carolyn Bonquin and Stringer Abner Francisco contributed to this report.