As of 12:30 am today, February 07, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that some 15 deaths and 52 injuries were officially accounted for in Negros Oriental. The casualties were identified as follows:
NDRRMC also accounted dozens of MISSING residents allegedly due to landslide in Guihulngan City.
Local officials meanwhile reported subsequent occurrences such as recession of water from the coast in Bindoy, landslides in Guihulngan and Rise of sea water in the shorelines of La Libertad which resulted to massive evacuation to higher grounds, including those in the western part of Cebu Province across northern Negros.
PHIVOLCS also issued a Tsunami Alert Level 2 along Tanon Strait which lasted at around 2:30 pm yesterday. However, the seismology agency warned residents that while the risk of tsunami already subsided, structural integrity of infrastructures have to be ensured first so that no untoward incident of collapsed structures will happen.
The 6.9 magnitude quake also rendered various degrees of destruction to major highways and arterial roads, while five bridges are currently impassable in the 1st district of Negros Oriental, while several others are passable only by light vehicles. These are:
Guihulngan- Baterna and Tinayunan bridge
La Libertad- Martelo and Pangalunan bridge
Dumaguete City- Pangaloan bridge
Authorities meanwhile are appealing for immediate rescue and retrieval operations as well as relief assistance such us drinking water, tents and food, especially in Guihulngan City where water supply and electricity is down.
NOTE: Actual body count maybe higher on the ground that the current NDRRMC data. Latest estimate by local officials as reported by national media is around 52 casualties.
Philippine Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org.ph/