62k families displaced by 7.3 magnitude tremor in Abra

62k families displaced by 7.3 magnitude tremor in Abra

Earthquake leaves devastation in its wake in Abra and nearby areas. (Photo credits: Gulf News)

Sourced from online news reports by Tracy Cabrera

TAYUM, ABRA — More than 200,000 persons, or over 60,000 families, have been displaced by the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck Abra province last Tuesday, July 26, even as the number of deaths reached 10 individuals and government emergency personnel continue operations throughout the province and nearby areas.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC), a total of 228, 238 individuals or 62,024 families come from at least 639 villages were affected by the strong tectonic quake in Regions I (Ilocos) and II (Cagayan Valley) and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

As of this writing, the affected residents are housed in 46 evacuation centers in the three regions while about 1,910 families or 6,176 individuals sought refuge elsewhere and 27,207 more opted to remain outside the shelters but were nonetheless receiving relief goods from the government.

Regarding the four missing persons in the earthquake aftermath, NDRRMC spokesman Mark Guimbal disclosed that they found four more dead bodies, raising the death toll from the previous six to 10.

‌”They were found buried in a landslide area in Sitio Bangel, Barangay Poblacion Luba, Abra at 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 29,” Guimbal said.

Meanwhile, some 320 other persons were injured and have undergone immediate medical treatment. (ai/mtvn)

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