After the quake: Ghost town in Bohol

Franz Lopez, Bea Cupin

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The hardest hit barangay, Bonbon, is a virtual ghost town as nearly all houses are damaged, municipal officials say

CLARIN, Philippines – “Di untana mi kalimtan sa Clarin.” (I hope they don’t forget those living in Clarin) 

Like many municipalities here in the province of Bohol, Clarin is at a standstill. Located in the northwestern part of Bohol, the 5th class municipality is 61 kilometers from Tagbilaran City.

The hardest hit barangay, Bonbon, is a ghost town. Nearly all of the houses are damaged, municipal officials say. 

Bonbon locals now live in makeshift tents, made of trapal they bought themselves. Relief goods arrived on Friday, October 18, but they were barely enough to feed a family of 4. Potable water is also running low. 

Locals whose houses are intact prefer sleeping outside, under tents as well. They don’t feel safe inside their own homes. 

One Bonbon resident went back home to bathe in the aftermath of the quake. A strong aftershock caused part of the bathroom to cave in, killing him instantly. At least 4 died in Bonbon alone.

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Franz Lopez

Franz Lopez's expertise revolves around creative visual storytelling. Aside from daily news coverage, Franz has been deployed to document natural disasters like the Bohol quake (2013), Typhoon Haiyan (2013), and the Taal Eruption (2020), among others.
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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.