A magnitude-6.7 earthquake which struck off Surigao City, Surigao del Norte Friday night brought massive damage to infrastructure and triggered a blackout in some areas.
According to Department of Social Welfare and Development of Caraga, heavily affected areas are Surigao City and surrounding municipalities of San Francisco, Malimono, Mainit, and Sison with over 28 barangays affected.
Ivy Paglinawan, information officer of Office of Civil Defense - Caraga said in an interview over radio dzBB that Surigao City may experience partial power failure while the municipalities of San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte are still under a "blackout."
Update of magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit in Surigao City as of 12:00NN from DSWD Caraga :
-A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Surigao City last night at around 10:00pm with more than 20 aftershocks since then.
-Heavily affected is Surigao City and nearby municipalities such as San Francisco, Malimono, Mainit and Sison with 28 total affected barangays as of this time.
-The team is currently validating the total number of affected families and persons in the said areas.
-There are reported 4 deaths and 13 serious injuries. However, only 3 out of 4 reported deaths that the team was able to confirm with names. In addition, there are reported 90 cases rushed to Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City. We are still validating the identities of all these casualties.
-There are reported damages on establishments, commercial buildings, schools, houses, roads and bridges. Total estimated amount of damages is yet to be determined.
-In Surigao City alone, identified damaged establishments are as follows: Surigao State College of Technology, St. Paul University Hospital, Gaisano Capital Surigao, Parkway Hotel, and commercial buildings such as Absolute Essential Trading and Palma Marketing.
-Anao-aoan Bridge connecting Surigao City and San Francisco, Surigao Del Norte is no longer passable.
-Currently, there is no electricity and water supply for the identified affected areas, especially Surigao City and San Francisco which are affected by damaged pipelines of Surigao Metropolitan Water District. Repairs of which is expected to be completed within the day. Estimated cost of damage is 1.7 Million.
-Flights to and from Surigao City are cancelled due to damaged runway. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has restricted operations at Surigao Airport and said operation suspension is effective today until March 10, 2017.
-Operations in Port of Lipata has been diverted to Port of Surigao due to damaged passenger terminal.
-Generally, telecommunication lines in affected areas are disrupted.
-OIC-Regional Director Mita Chuchi G. Lim; Division Chief Angelita B. Amista and DRROU Head Caroline Q. Catalan are now in Surigao City since early this morning for ocular visit and/or damage assessment. They have talked with Surigao City Vice Mayor Alfonso S. Casurra, who as representative of the City, requested augmentation from the Field Office. They have also talked with Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Brgy. Taft of the said city.
-In Surigao City alone the Field Office has a total of 900 Family Food Packs prepositioned. There are also 900 FFPs prepositioned in Libjo, PDI; 300 FFPs in Loreto, PDI; 1,058 FFPs in Dapa, Siargao, SDN; 500 FFPs in Tandag City; and 2,700 FFPs in Pantin-ay, Agusan Del Sur. Moreover, there are 17,437 FFPs readily available at FO Caraga warehouse in Tiniwisan, Butuan City.
-LGU - Surigao City has already declared State of Calamity and is currently having an on-going CDRRMC meeting.
-Moreover, FO’s Quick Response Team (QRT), SWAD Teams, and Provincial/City/Municipal Action Teams continue to monitor the situation in close coordination with the LSWDOs and LDRRMOs, and will continuously provide the Central Office with more updates.
As of 8pm today (Feb. 11, 2017), panicked residents of Brgy. Taft, Surigao City raced for higher ground at the Capitol compound after a series of aftershocks rattled the city.
Tents are visible tonight inside the capitol compound in Surigao City where families preferred to stay for their safety from aftershocks.