Southern Leyte suspends classes, evacuates residents after 5.3 quake
TACLOBAN, Leyte – All classes were suspended in 6 coastal towns of Southern Leyte after a magnitude-5.4 earthquake hit the province at 7:57am on Friday, July 25, Governor Roger Mercado told Rappler in a phone interview.
The suspension takes effect the whole day in the following towns as local government units assess the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake:
- St Bernard
- San Juan
Mercado also said he directed the forced evacuation of at least 30 families in the towns of Hinundayan, San Juan, and St Bernard, which are prone to landslides.
About 50 patients were also evacuated from the Anahawan District Hospital after "big cracks" appeared on the hospital's walls, Mercado said.
Mercado called on the people of Southern Leyte to "to take care and keep calm" as the government assesses the impact of the quake.
In a report, Phivolcs said it is expecting damage and aftershocks in the areas hit by the quake.
After an earthquake, Phivolcs advises affected people not to panic and to take the following precautionary steps: (READ: Earthquake tips: what to do before, during, and after ). – Rappler.com