Quake-hit North Cotabato town now under state of calamity


MAKILALA, North Cotabato: After a series of 80 quakes in North Cotabato Saturday and Sunday, the local government here placed the entire municipality under state of calamity.

Mayor Rudy Caoagdan said at least 208 families or 1,040 individuals were displaced due to series of quakes that destroyed homes, including a chapel and barangay hall.

Caoagdan said 155 houses, 32 of which were totally wrecked by quakes, were documented in the villages of Luayon, Bato, Malungon, Guangan, Villaflores and Sto. Nino.

He said at least four people were injured in the series of quakes which the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) traced to a new fault line that traverses from Makilala to Columbio, Sultan Kudarat.

A total of 11 government facilities such as school buildings, roads and bridges had cracks and are now considered “dangerous”.

“We are looking for relocation sites for the affected families to ensure their safety,” Caoagdan said.

He said the town engineering office is still conducting assessment and evaluation of the extent of damages.

A 4-year-old girl miraculously survived the magnitude-5.2 tremor on Saturday. The girl, according to her father Joseph, was inside the house when the quake struck.

“When we found her after the tremor, she was covered with debris of hollow blocks,” the father said. “We only saw her head above the debris, we immediately and carefully pulled her off.”

The Makilala LGU has already extended assistance to all the affected families. PNA


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