MERCY MALAYSIA PROVIDES EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE IN LEYTE, PHILIPPINES
Kuala Lumpur, 17th July 2017 – On 6th July 2017, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake occurred in the island of Leyte in the Philippines, causing major damages in Barangays of Ormoc City particularly upland Barangays including six upland Barangays namely Tongonan, Cabaon-an, Milagro, Lake Danao, Cabintan and Gaas. Over 700 aftershocks have been recorded (ranging from magnitude 1.5 to 5.8), including a major aftershock measuring 5.8 magnitude (previously pegged at 5.4) on the 10th of July, in the days that followed.
To date, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Philippines reported two (2) deaths with 329 injured. A total of 1,136 families’ homes have been affected, resulting in large displacement of civilians of upland Barangays mentioned to relocate to temporary shelters in open spaces, covered courts, chapels and some schools without any access to proper water, hygiene and sanitation.