At least 8 dead; 202 injured in magnitude 6.7 Surigao quake

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(CNN Philippines) — At least eight people are confirmed dead and 202 injured in the magnitude 6.7-quake that struck Surigao City Friday night.

In a briefing Monday,  National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council's (NDRRMC) spokesperson Mina Marasigan said the agency has verified the identities of four of the eight fatalities in the quake, and is waiting for the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to identify the remaining four.

But in an interview with CNN Philippines on Monday morning, Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas reported six fatalities. She said, "as of the moment, ganon pa rin - six pa rin... Sana six lang [as of the moment, the number remains the same at six. We hope that there are only six]."

However, NDRRMC Office of Civil Defense Deputy Administrator Kristoffer James Purisima pegged the death toll at four in another interview on CNN Philippines’ The Source on Tuesday morning.

Purisima also said that 1,790 families were affected, translating to 9,320 persons across 60 barangays.

There were also 1,790 damaged houses, 143 of which were totally damaged and 1,647 of which were partially damaged, Purisima said.

Purisima said that initial estimated damages for the regional hospital is at ₱7 million. He added that 13 schools were damaged and one bridge had collapsed.

Marasigan on Monday pegged the initial infrastructural damage dealt by the quake at ₱108.45 million.

State of calamity

A state of calamity was declared in Surigao City — the worst-hit area — on Saturday following Friday's tremor.

At least 11 towns in Surigao del Norte were affected by the quake, which also damaged the provincial capitol, two major bridges, and other infrastructure.

The earthquake also forced the closure of Surigao City domestic airport, officials said.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said the airport might be closed until March 10. Following the airport's closure, all flights to Surigao have been diverted to Butuan.

On Saturday, The New People's Army declared a "localized ceasefire" to give way to relief efforts.

Read: NPA declares 'localized ceasefire' after Surigao quake

The NDRRMC is also on red alert as aftershocks continue to jolt Surigao City.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported 152 aftershocks following the initial quake.

Electricity restored

Purisima said that electricity has been restored to all 211 barangays in Surigao City, according to a report that came in on Monday afternoon.

The Surigao Metropolitan Water District also said 90 percent of the City's water supply has been restored.

In a statement issued Monday, Surigao Metropolitan Water District Board Chairman Manuel Kong said as of 4 a.m. this morning, two of the city's main pipes have been repaired.

"Hopefully by 3 p.m. this afternoon, water services will be fully restored and the entire Surigao City will have normal water pressure, except in certain areas like Mabua, Ipil, Lipata (elevated areas), Punta Bilar and Panubigon due to the dislodge of Anao-Aon Bridge Pipe Crossing," Kong said.

Potable water, shelter materials needed

Despite this, Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas has appealed for potable water and shelter materials.

In an interview with CNN Philippines Monday, Matugas said the city needs water above all other resources.

"Yun ang gusto naming mangyari. Gusto ko tubig talaga. Kung meron man, di naman sapat yan," she said.

[Translation: That's what we want. We really need water. Even if we have some, it isn't enough.]

Matugas added, "Nagrequest ako kay Sec. Taguiwalo. Sa mga gustong tumulong, magpadala na lang muna ng tubig kasi okay na yung panglaba, pero yung pang-inom yun ang mahirap...Talagang kulang."

[Translation: I asked Secretary Taguiwalo. To all those to who want to help, please send water first. We have materials for laundry, but for drinking, it's hard... It's not enough.]

She also asked volunteers to donate medicine for those injured by the quake.

The National Disaster Council echoed the governor's call for water, saying potable water and shelter materials were the victims' primary needs.

"Unang una yung pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan for potable water. Yan naman ay kasalukuyang inaaddress natin ngayon," NDRRMC's Marasigan said.

[Translation: First of all, there's the need for potable water. We're addressing this right now.]

Relief operations underway

Relief operations are currently underway for those affected by the quake.

Purisima said that there have been four C-130 flights delivering relief goods from national government since Sunday.

One of the flights carried medicines and other relief from the Department of Health, while another carried relief from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

He enumerated the flights to deliver “generator sets, solar lamps, high energy biscuits, mosquito nets, family tents, dignity kits, blankets, brown rice bars, sacks, plastic mats, and other needs of the community.”

“The situation on the ground is very fluid. But the government is addressing these concerns,” Purisima told The Source. “We have daily assessments, hourly assessments, and we adjust accordingly, according to the needs of the people there.”

Purisima also said they welcomed civilian assistance and appealed for people to “stay calm and to be vigilant... and heed the advisories of government agencies.”

Duterte pledges aid

President Rodrigo Duterte promised that aid would come to victims of Friday's quake.

The President visited Surigao del Norte on Sunday, where he inspected the damage wrought by the tremor and oversaw relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Speaking to survivors in Surigao City, Duterte said, "I will release money for you, so prioritize those who lost their lives and source of living. I'll release a little. Is two billion enough for you?"

However, Budget Secretary Ben Diokno and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar later clarified that P2 billion was not allotted for the quake victims.

Instead, the President might have been referring to another fund for those who stood to lose their livelihoods from the shutdown of mining operations in Surigao.

Watch: Malacanang clarifies 2B not for quake victims

Duterte also suggested providing housing to the victims of the quake.