Philippines: Surigao earthquake - DREF operation update n° 1 (MDRPH024)


A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

10 February 2017 – A magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes off the coast of north-eastern Mindanao

11 February – Surigao City is placed under state of calamity

16 February – IFRC approved a allocation worth CHF 127,672

5 March – a magnitude 5.9 aftershock strikes the area. Since the M 6.7 earthquake, almost 300 aftershocks have been reported

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck off the coast of north-eastern Mindanao, Philippines on 10 February 2017. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported that the earthquake was relatively shallow, with a depth of 10 kilometres, and its epicentre was about 16 kilometres from Surigao City. The City is the capital of Surigao del Norte province with over 154,000 inhabitants. Since the initial earthquake, there have been a significant number of aftershocks (292) reported and one of which was a 5.9 magnitude on 5 March 2017.

After the earthquake struck, Surigao City was placed under a state of calamity on 11 February. On 13 February, the whole province of Surigao del Norte was placed under state of calamity. The declaration allowed local governments to access calamity funds and to quickly procure necessary supplies.

Based on the latest update issued by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), there are eight persons reported dead and 249 injured due to the earthquake. There were 522 houses destroyed and 10,351 damaged due to the earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks, based on the latest DSWD Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC1 ) report on 21 March. A total of 47 school facilities were damaged. There were 10,947 families or 54,735 persons displaced. Electricity and water supply were badly affected.

Damage to infrastructure, including bridges, government offices, health and school facilities, irrigation system, and roads, has been estimated by the government at 719 billion Philippine peso (PHP) or approximately 14 million Swiss franc (CHF).

One month on, electricity and water supply have been restored. However, construction works for the damaged infrastructure are still being assessed and planned by the government.