MARAWI CITY: Six people died and 53 others were hurt following a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that rocked several areas in Mindanao on Wednesday night, disaster officials said.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesman Mark Timbal on Thursday confirmed that of the six fatalities, three were victims of a landslide that occurred in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur.
Eighteen others were injured in the same area, the NDRRMC said.
An unidentified child from Datu Paglas in Maguindanao was declared dead on arrival at hospital in town while two persons were hurt in Tulunan, North Cotabato, according to Mayor Reuel Limbungan.
A certain Tony Panangulon, 40, died of a heart attack in M’lang, Cotabato. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival, Vice Mayor Joselito Piñol confirmed.
Timbal said another unidentified victim in Maguindanao died when a wall collapsed on him.
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) sustained heavy damage “specifically in the areas near the epicenter” of the earthquake, Timbal said.
The magnitude 6.3 earthquake, tectonic origin, struck at 7:37 p.m. Its epicenter was in North Cotabato and was reported to have depth of two kilometers.
Fire erupted at the popular Gaisano mall in General Santos City and lasted for 17 hours before the Bureau of Fire Protection in the region declared it out.
Classes were suspended in the hard-hit areas and the Department of Education (DepEd) left the decision to local officials on whether the suspension should be extended in the next days or weeks pending results of an ongoing assessment of the structures of the school buildings.