Quake infra damage now at P867M; Death toll at 186

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Population affected by the quake goes down to 3,003,001 people, based on DSWD assessment

RUINS. The ruins of the San Vicente Parish in Maribojoc, Bohol, 20 October 2013. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from Tuesday’s (October 15) earthquake rises to 186, as the cost of damage to infrastructure jumps to more than P867 million.

An additional fatality was recorded in Bohol as of Monday morning, October 20; in total, 173 people in the province died due to the quake. Cebu has counted 12 dead, while Siquijor counted one, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its latest bulletin.

Eleven people are still missing, all of them from Bohol. Another 583 people were reported injured across 5 provinces in Western and Central Visayas.

Based on validation by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD): as of Monday morning, the population affected by the quake has gone down to 3,003,001 people across six provinces in Regions VI and VII.

Figures released by the government previously put the number of affected people to as high as 3.54 million.

Ninety-six evacuation centers in Bohol are currently housing 109,712 people, of 22,113 families. Another 271,194 people have also been displaced by the quake, but are currently staying in places other than evacuation centers.

Damage to infrastructure is now at P867,240,000.00 – the figure includes damage to bridges, flood control infrastructure, roads, and buildings. Bulk of the damage was reported in Bohol, the NDRRMC said.

A total of 45,641 homes across 7 provinces were damaged by the quake. Out of this number, 10,020 were totally damaged.

The region continues to be rattled by aftershocks: as of 4 am Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said 2,193 aftershocks have been recorded.

Out of thus number, 46 were strong enough to be felt. The latest aftershock was a 5.4 magnitude quake that was centered near Tagbilaran City, striking the area at past 7 am Monday.

Tuesday’s magnitude 7.2 quake was centered in Sagbayan, Bohol, and was felt across the Visayas and as far as Mindanao. – Rappler.com