Visayas quake death toll climbs to 213
MANILA, Philippines (Updated) – The death toll from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and nearby provinces has reached 213 as of Saturday, October 26.
At least 8 people continue to be missing, while 742 are still sustaining injuries, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center said in its Saturday situation report.
A total of 199 casualties were from Bohol, while 13 were from Cebu, and one was from Siquijor.
As Central Visayas continues to reel from the effects of the quake, damage from the disaster reached P1.644 billion Saturday, with Bohol accounting for P1.42 billion; Cebu, P221 million; Siquijor, P1.45 million; and Negros Oriental, P270,000.
In the aftermath of the earthquake, President Benigno Aquino III visited the disaster-stricken province of Bohol on Wednesday, October 23.
Despite admitting that government's calamity fund is running dry, Aquino has given assurances that relief efforts for earthquake victims will be sustained.
According to the Department of Budget and Management, at least P3.3 billion worth of funds can still be used for relief and rehabilitation efforts, with P1 billion coming from the 2013 calamity and contingency funds and P2.3 billion to be sourced from the quick response funds (QRFs) of executive agencies.
The disaster displaced 69,165 families or P360,018 individuals from their homes, with at least 56,933 houses damaged at the height of the tremors. (READ: After Bohol quake: Worry, recovery)
On October 25, the United Nations launched a US$46.8 million plan to provide emergency shelter, water, sanitation, debris removal and coordination for the earthquake victims. - Rappler.com