DEATHS from the magnitude 7 earthquake that rocked northern Philippines on Wednesday have climbed to 10, according to the local disaster agency.
More 300,000 people from about 82,000 families were affected by the quake, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in an 8 a.m. bulletin on Sunday.
The earthquake also damaged more than 21,000 houses, 302 of which were totally destroyed, the agency said.
Damage to infrastructure has reached P414 million in the Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region.
The quake damaged several ancient bell towers, churches and heritage houses as well as cars and other properties in the country’s north.
The tremors were also felt in Manila, the capital and nearby areas, forcing workers to evacuate buildings and halting train operations during rush hour.
The state seismology agency had recorded at least 1,162 aftershocks as 4 p.m. on Sunday the NDRRMC said.
The NDRRMC added that 43 roads and seven bridges got damaged, though cars could now pass through 84% of these.
Electricity to all of the 48 towns that lost power has been restored, while three of four affected areas now had water supply.
Twenty-seven areas have been placed under a state of calamity, the council said.
Meanwhile, agricultural and irrigation damage has climbed to P44.2 million, according to the Department of Agriculture.
Damage and losses were recorded mainly in irrigation systems, farm-to-market roads and other structures.
In the Upper Chico main canal in Tabuk, Kalinga province, four national irrigation systems and two communal irrigation systems were damaged by the quake, according to the National Irrigation Administration.
Pantabangan and Magat dams did not sustain any damage based on initial assessment, it added.
The Agriculture department said it had mobilized two trucks loaded with 2.66 metric tons of assorted highland vegetables, dried fish and other basic food items to municipalities in the province…
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