Rapid Assessment Report for the Effects of the Earthquake in Bohol Province, Philippines October 17-20, 2013

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On October 15, 2013, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake was recorded in the island province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the epicenter of the tectonic earthquake was in the municipality of Sagbayan. An earthquake of intensity VII was recorded in Bohol and nearby cities in adjacent Cebu province. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports that a total of 703, 224 families or 3,542, 281 individuals were affected. One hundred eighty-five (185) persons died while 583 were injured. The estimated cost of damages is about USD18.53 million. As of October 20, 2013 1700H, PHIVOLCS has recorded 2,104 aftershocks of which 41 were felt. Both provinces of Bohol and Cebu have declared a state of calamity.

Save the Children Philippine Country Office deployed a rapid assessment and response team that arrived in Bohol on October 17. The team covered eight (8) municipalities including Antequera, Carmen, Catigbihan, Cortes, Loon, Maribojoc, Sagbayan, and Tubigon. From the areas surveyed, Antiquera, Loon and Maribojocare being recommended for interventions on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, and Child Protection. The recommendation is made on the basis of lack of access to immediate support due to impassable road conditions, severity of damages to households and schools, and number of affected families.