By Aaron Recuenco and Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The death toll in the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that hit Eastern Visayas last July 6 has increased to three after an 88-year-old woman succumbed to head injuries while undergoing medical treatment.
Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said Maria Bardiago of Carigara town, Leyte was rushed to the hospital due to head injuries when she lost her balance and fell when the quake struck at 4 p.m.
One of the fatalities was killed by concrete debris in Kananga town while another died in a landslide that buried their home in one of the far flung barangays in Ormoc City.
At least 448 were reported injured by the quake.
A total of 80 schools, six health facilities, 29 government facilities and two commercial buildings were damaged by the quake in the province of Leyte alone.
The province is the hardest hit of the tremor. At least 948 aftershocks have been recorded since the quake.
The provinces of Leyte and Southern Leyte are still experiencing power outage, along with some areas in Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Samar provinces.
Jalad said damage assessment is still ongoing but initially damage to property in eastern Visayas is estimated at P177 million.
P184M for repairs
Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the repair of schools damaged by the quake would cost the government about P184 million.
Briones said that of the four schools divisions, “Ormoc City Division has the biggest damage amounting to P104,220,000.”
This is followed by Leyte Division with P76, 514, 000 worth of destruction; the Biliran Division with P2.7 million, and Tacloban City Division with P1.36 million.”
“Now, we also confirm, since we also did our assessment separately, the findings of DPWH [Department of Public Works and Highways] that among the school buildings which were damaged are those which were donated…the ones built publicly by the DPWH are still standing,” Briones stressed.
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