Death toll in Mindanao quake rises to 4

MANILA The death toll in the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Tulunan, North Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao on Wednesday night has climbed to four, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Spokesperson of the NDRRMC, Mark Cashean Timbal, said the third fatality was from Datu Paglas, Maguindanao, and the fourth, from M'lang, North Cotabato.

Earlier reports said the third victim, identified as Jhonavie Sendad, died after being hit and pinned down by debris from a collapsing wall while the fourth fatality, 50-year-old Tony Panangulon, succumbed to cardiac arrest.

The two other victims died in a quake-induced landslide in Magsaysay town, Davao del Sur.

Timbal placed the number of injured at 27 as of this posting.

When asked to describe the effect of the earthquake, he said their counterparts in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao reported heavy damage in Maguindanao and areas near the epicenter.

"(But) in other places, parang kalat-kalat yung damages (the damage seemed to be scattered). This earthquake was not strong enough to generate a tsunami kagaya ng nabanggit ni (just like what was mentioned by) (Phivolcs director) Undersecretary (Renato) Solidum but it indeed caused a number of damage from the structures in those areas," he added. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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