Officials: Death toll in October quakes in Mindanao now up to 22


Posted at Nov 02 2019 11:44 PM

The Plaza Arch in Kidapawan City lies in ruin as the area was hit with an intensity 7 earthquake on October 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of Kidapawan City Government

MANILA—At least 22 people have died from a series of earthquakes that struck Mindanao since Oct. 16, disaster-mitigation officials said Saturday.

Cotabato officials said the provincial death toll is at 15, while South Cotabato and Maguindanao each reported 1 dead.

Meanwhile, the number of fatalities in Davao del Sur was at 5.

At least two powerful earthquakes hit the region after the 6.3-magnitude quake on Oct. 16 — a 6.6 tremor and a 6.5 one struck on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

As a result, multiple towns were placed under a state of calamity.

Davao del Sur officials said the earthquake left at least P1 billion worth of damage in their province.

—Report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News