The number of families affected by the magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 earthquakes that rocked Tulunan, North Cotabato last October 29 and 31 has climbed to 52,195 or around 260,286 persons, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its 6 a.m. update Friday.
These figures are significantly higher than the 50,930 families reported on Thursday.
The report, signed and released by NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad, added that 10, 276 families or 49,183 individuals are now being sheltered in 59 evacuation centers while another 8,799 families or 43,945 persons are being aided outside.
The NDRRMC added that all the affected families are residents of 301 barangays in Davao and Soccsksargen regions. As of this posting, the number of dead listed in NDRRMC records is still at 21, along with 417 injured and two others missing in Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
The number of damaged infrastructure was placed at 37,340, higher than the 36,006 reported Thursday, and these are from Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen and the BARMM.
Meanwhile, assistance extended to the affected families by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health and Office of Civil Defense has amounted to PHP50,593,957.28. (PNA)