MANILA - The death toll in the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit Cotabato on Wednesday has risen to 7, the Philippines' disaster agency said Saturday.
The latest fatalities from Alamada and Makilala towns suffered cardiac arrest, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said without disclosing further information.
Authorities had said among those earlier confirmed dead were two children: a 7-year-old girl crushed by a wall that fell during the tremor in Tulunan town, North Cotabato, and a 2-year-old girl from Magsaysay town, Davao del Sur who was hit by debris.
Another also reportedly suffered a heart attack. More than 50 others were reported hurt in the main quake.
The update came hours after a magnitude 5.0 aftershock struck Cotabato Saturday morning.
At least 1,699 structures in Davao, Soccsksargen and the Bangsamoro region were damaged by the October 16 temblor and succeeding aftershocks, the agency said.
The towns of Mlang and Makilala in Cotabato have been placed under a state of calamity to allow local government units to utilize their calamity funds to help affected residents and repair damaged structures.