The Philippine's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported a series of strong aftershocks with 4.7M occurred after the last earthquake that hit the Cotabato Province on 31 October. More aftershocks are expected and may continue for several days to weeks.
According to NDRRMC 16 persons died, 403 have been injured and two are missing. A total of 6,009 families (30,045 persons) have been affected in the Region XI and XII. 2,552 families (12,760 persons) have been relocated and supported in 19 evacuation centres, in addition to 1,370 families (6,850 persons) not staying in the evacuation centres.
A total of 3,220 infrastructures (buildings, roads and bridges) have been damaged. The latest earthquake, which struck the country on 31 October has caused a collapse of a hotel and a gymnasium in Cotabato. As of yesterday, 31 Oct, several areas in Cotabato Province have been experiencing power outages and a suspension of work and school classes were declared for safety purposes due to damaged infrastructure.
NDRRMC is leading the emergency response and continues to conduct rapid damage and needs assessments together with humanitarian organizations, local and international NGOs and private sector partners.
DG ECHO is closely monitoring the situation and assessing needs identified by humanitarian partners.