MANILA- Six people have died while 108 others were injured after a powerful earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in southern Philippines late Friday, the Office of Civil Defense in Caraga said.
Five of the fatalities have been identified as Robert Eludo Jr., 39; JM Ariar, 4; Wilson Lito; Wenefreda Aragon Bernal,66; and Lorenzo Deguino, 86.
Four of the casualties died due to falling debris; 1 due to heart attack and 1 was hit by a collapsed wall.
The 6.7 earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km and the epicentre was about 13 km east of the city of Surigao, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Mary Jul Espuerta of the Surigao Provincial Information Office, said 90 people are currently receiving treatment at the Caraga Regional Hospital while others have been transferred to other hospitals.
Espuerta said damaged buildings have already been closed and people are no longer allowed to go in. Clearing operations have also began as of Saturday morning.
She said Surigao is in need of construction materials for the rebuilding of houses and potable water.
Electricity in the province has also been shut down.
On Saturday, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Surigao has suspended flights going into and out of the city after Friday's powerful quake damaged their runway.
For those affected by the Surigao earthquake you may contact the following hotlines for assistance:
PDRRMO-Surigao del Norte