Luzon quake death toll rises to 16

Monday’s magnitude 6.1 earthquake caused this damage to the St. Catherine Church in Porac, Pampanga. A commercial building also collapsed. AP

MANILA – The death toll in the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit parts of Luzon on Monday afternoon climbed to 16, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

Aside from the 16 casualties, 14 others remained missing while at least 86 persons sustained injuries due to the quake, the NDRRMC said in a media advisory on Wednesday.

Most of the figures are from Region 3 alone and are still subject to validation, according to NDRRMC spokesman Ed Posadas.

At least 358 families or 1,938 persons from Region 3 were affected by the earthquake. Of the number, 245 families or 1,271 individuals were now being aided in four evacuation centers while another 108 families are being assisted outside of evacuation centers.

The NDRRMC also reported that 80 structures and buildings suffered varying degrees of damage in Region 3 and the National Capital Region and 67 houses were reported damaged in Bataan and Pampanga.

Meanwhile, around 10 persons were reportedly hurt during the magnitude 6.5 quake that hit Eastern Samar on Tuesday afternoon. No casualties were tallied as of press time.

NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad also said 35 buildings and structures were damaged in San Julian town. Eastern Samar and Northern Samar have experienced power interruption due to the earthquake./PN


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