MANILA - The mayor of quake-hit Kidapawan appealed for help from the national government Thursday morning, as several buildings in the area were on the brink of collapse after three major temblors shook the southern city in 2 weeks.
A 5-story hotel and another building near the city hall have been cordoned off as authorities expect these structures to totally collapse, Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista told ANC.
"This is a first time for Kidapawan... We need all the help we can get," he said, asking the Department of Public Works and Highways to send engineers to the devastated city.
"We are at a loss on how to do it so we need experts on how to do it," he said.
Several parts of Kidapawan has been closed to traffic, while trucks with a carrying capacity of 10 tons were temporarily banned from entering the city, Evangelista said.
Eva's Hotel, which sustained major damage after Thursday's magnitude 6.5 quake, has been closed to the public since October 29 when another powerful temblor jolted the city, the mayor said.
Six people managed to leave the devastated hotel, but authorities are still checking if there are guests or staff members who were trapped inside the damaged building, he said.
Around 1,743 families have been evacuated from Kidapawan City's landslide-prone areas as the city braces for possible strong aftershocks, he said.