2 Cotabato towns now under state of calamity

Lore Mae L. Andong, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 19 2019 12:59 PM

The towns of Mlang and Makilala in Cotabato have been placed under a state of calamity following devastation caused by Wednesday’s powerful quake in Mindanao.

In Makilala, 20 of 38 villages suffered structural damage due to the tremblor.

An initial report from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) said more than a thousand families have been affected by the 6.3 magnitude quake.

On Friday, initial help from the local government unit arrived in some villages.

The declaration of a state of calamity allows local government units to tap their calamity funds to help affected residents and repair damaged structures.

Meanwhile, the town of Tulunan, epicenter of Wednesday's quake, is still preparing its final assessment of the damage caused by the tremor.

Residents were also advised to be careful as aftershocks continue in Mindanao, including a magnitude 5.0 quake that struck early Saturday.

Wednesday's quake left at least 5 dead and more than 50 hurt.