Patients stay in gym after magnitude 5.9 earthquake damages hospital in Bukidnon
Marje Pelayo • November 22, 2019 • 152
BUKIDNON, Philippines — Around 20 patients of Simbulan Hospital remain in a gymnasium in the municipality of Don Carlos because cracks from Monday’s (November 18) magnitude 5.9 earthquake has posed threats to their safety.
According to Councilor Keith Anthony Kotico, the gymnasium is the safest for the patients based on the structural assessment of the local government unit (LGU).
“Prior to evacuation, this has already been pointed as an evacuation area it was already assessed,” Kotico said.
Patients were ill at ease due to fear that the hospital walls might collapse at any moment.
“Kasi gumagalaw na talaga ang dingding (The walls were moving ),” observed Boy Palingcod whose sibling is a patient at Simbulan Hospital.
The Bukidnon Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) is doing rounds in other areas hit by the earthquake to assess the damages.
Personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Likewise, join the assessment to address the needs of the affected residents. MNP (with details from Weng Fernandez)
MANILA, Philippines – The number of people who were hurt in the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit Bukidnon on Monday night, Nov. 18 has risen to 13, with over 500 families affected, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday.
In its latest report, the NDRRMC said the injured victims were transported to the nearest hospital for further treatment and management.
Most of them were reported to have suffered severe anxiety, and head injury, while another had loss of consciousness.
The agency said the quake affected a total of 501 families or 2,177 persons from 15 barangays in Region 10. Of this number 164 families are taking temporary shelter in one evacuation center.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) earlier reported that the magnitude 5.9 quake struck Bukidnon at 9:22 p.m. on Monday.
The tectonic quake’s epicenter was traced to Kadingilan town with a depth of focus of five kilometers.
A total of 296 houses in the towns of Kadingilan, Dangcagan, Valencia City and Damulog in Bukidnon were damaged due to the tremor.
Around 95 infrastructures, including schools and a health facility in Regions 10, 11 and 12 were also reportedly damaged.
In Don Carlos, a town near Kadingilan, at least 26 patients are still taking shelter in a gymnasium after they were evacuated from a hospital following the quake on Monday.
Most of them also opted to stay in the gymnasium due to aftershocks.
Local authorities said the hospital sustained cracks from the temblor and is still undergoing inspection.
“Prior sa pag-evacuate dito (gymnasium), this has already been designated as an evaluation area. It was already assessed prior sa kanilang paglipat,” Municipal Councilor Keith Anthony Kotico told UNTV News.
Meanwhile, officials from the Bukidnon provincial disaster office said it has started on Thursday the inspection of the structural integrity of affected buildings in Kadingilan town.
The local government of Kadingilan earlier announced it has extended the suspension of classes in all levels in public and private schools until Nov. 22 following the recommendation of disaster officials. – RRD (with reports from Correspondent Weng Fernandez)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – An international language training institution based in Kuala Lumpur is launching a fundraising program for earthquake victims in Mindanao.
Royce Language Center’s Principal Sitinor Khajar Binti Nordin said the collected amount will be donated to families affected by the series of temblor that damaged several houses and structures in the region.
The school official said they have actually received applications from students who are locals of Mindanao and among those badly hit by the disaster.
“We would like to help any number of schools as our priority. Being a language school in Malaysia, we do understand the value of education,” Nordin said.
The principal said they wanted to extend assistance to affected school and students in Mindanao as a way to help them recover from the tragedy.
The RLC is planning to make the fundraising a regular event after its success.
“We have never done that before. This is going to be our first experience,” Nordin said.
“We are looking forward to it and if it goes well, we may make fund-raising one of our usual activities,” she added. – MNP (with reports from Maya Barquez)
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