RDNA ongoing following magnitude-5.9 quake in Surigao City
By Priam F. Nepomuceno
MANILA, March 5 (PNA) -- Field units of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) with their local government counterparts in Surigao Del Norte are now conducting rapid damage assessment and needs analysis (RDNA) following the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck Surigao City Sunday morning.
"At around 8 a.m. (Sunday) a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Surigao City. PHIVOLCS reported that this is an aftershock of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Surigao City which happened few weeks ago," NDRRMC executive director Eduardo Jalad said in statement.
Intensity 6 was recorded in Surigao City, Intensity 4 in Limasawa and San Ricardo in Southern Leyte, Intensity 3 in San Juan and San Francisco, Southern Leyte and Intensity 2 in General Luna, Surigao del Norte.
Based on initial reports, 83 houses were damaged in Surigao City and Sison, Surigao Del Norte due to the tremor.
Out of the said number, five were totally damaged while 78 were partially damaged.
Power was restored in Surigao del Norte as of 1 p.m.Sunday, the NDRRMC chief stressed.
"One was reported injured due to a collapsed wall of the IFI Chapel in Cabunga-an, Cagdiano, Dinagat Islands. The victim was referred to Surigao City Health Facility for further medical treatment," Jalad added.
He added Regional DRRM Council CARAGA is continuously coordinating with the local government units conducting RDNA to assess other effects incurred because of the strong earthquake.
The NDRMMC reminded the public to stay alert and be prepared for aftershocks. (PNA) BNB/PFN