Food, water needed in evacuation centers in Leyte

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 09 2017 12:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 10 2017 01:27 AM

Evacuees in Barangay Milagro, Ormoc City temporarily stay in a covered basketball court. Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Hundreds of residents in several areas in the quake-hit province of Leyte were forced to stay in tents or evacuation centers as aftershocks continued to rock the province.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has recorded over 1,700 partially damaged and 700 totally damaged houses in the areas hit by the magnitude 6.5 quake.

Evacuees in Barangay Milagro, Ormoc City temporarily stay in a covered basketball court. Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News

In Barangay Milagro, Ormoc City alone, officials have recorded over 500 affected families who needed to evacuate their homes. One of the evacuees, Presilda, is 7 months pregnant.

The coastal barangay of Naungan in Ormoc City was also affected by the tremor. Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News

Affected residents are appealing for relief goods, especially food and potable water, as they continue to stay in evacuation centers in fear of aftershocks.

Meanwhile, NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan said they are eyeing to restore power in the affected parts of Leyte by Tuesday.

Marasigan assured that the government is doing everything it can to restore power soon. They are also coordinating with local government units for the relief efforts.

She said 2 people were killed while over 200 were injured after a magnitude 6.5 quake shook Leyte and nearby provinces.--with reports from Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News