Koronadal City, South Cotabato – Strong earthquakes with magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 struck the Municipality of Tulunan in Cotabato Province on October 29 and 31, 2019, respectively.

Eva’s Hotel in Kidapawan City after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake on October 31, 2019. (Photo Source: https://edition.cnn.com)

The earthquakes resulted to 20 deaths, 445 injured, and 9 missing. Around 41,448 families or 207,240 persons were affected.

Three (3) roads were damaged: one (1) in Kidapawan City – Davao-Cotabato Road; one (1) in Barangay Leaga; and the other road was along the National Highway in front of Southern Baptist College, both in Mlang, North Cotabato. All roads were assessed as passable as of this report.

Four (4) bridges in Makilala, one (1) in Kidapawan City, and one (1) in Mlang were damaged but all were also declared passable.

As of Nov 26, 2019, a total of 68 evacuation centers in Cotabato Province were being utilized by 7,062 families / 35,310 persons. Around 14, 762 families or 73,810 persons, however, are staying outside the evacuation centers.

The school building in the Municipality of Tulunan after the 6.6 magnitude earthquake on October 29, 2019. (Photo Source: https://edition.cnn.com)

It was deemed essential that concerned sectors conduct supplemental feeding programs for underweight children at the evacuation centers.

Essential items were recommended to be provided to the families in the evacuation centers, namely: insect repellants (lotion or spray); clothing; dignity kits (underwear, sanitary napkin, toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo, laundry soap); solar lamps, flashlights; shelter tents; tent floorings; blankets; palettes (tarima); folding beds/collapsible beds. (Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII-DRD)

Source: OCD XII, PDRRMOs, CDRRMOs and MDRRMOs, DPWH XII, DOH XII, MGB XII, DSWD XII.