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Hinunangan MDCC bares earthquake partial damage assessment report

By Bong Pedalino

HINUNANGAN, Southern Leyte (23 July) -- The Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC) of this town has issued a partial assessment report on an earth-shaking tremor reportedly measuring 6 on the Richter scale that happened here in the evening of Thursday, July 19.

As this developed, Gov. Damian Mercado is scheduled to visit Hinunangan today, July 23, to inspect the specific areas affected leading to a full assessment of the overall situation.

"We will see the extent of the damage so we will be able to give assistance," Gov. Mercado said when sought for a statement at his office of the reported earthquake.

The Governor will be accompanied during his ocular inspection by Nelita Gomez, the OIC-Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer, and Board Member Dr. Roberto Lagumbay, former Hinunangan Mayor, among others.

The partial assessment report of Hinunangan dated July 20, a copy of which was obtained by PIA through Gov. Mercado, placed the estimated cost of damage to properties at P1,650,000.00 broken down as P790,000 for government infrastructure and P860,000 from private infrastructure.

Among the public properties destroyed were the water system - P 500,000; Das-ay Bridge railguard - P100,000; East Central School Concrete Fence - P80,000; Otama Elementary School - P50,000; Patong Elementary School - P40,000; and Tahusan Elementary School -- P20,000.

The private infrastructure damaged included the Roman Catholic Bell tower - P100,000; Water tank of the Catholic convent - P40,000; Manalog barangay Chapel - P20,000; Sto. Nino barangay Chapel - P10,000; a number of houses - P400,000, and various appliances, P290,000.

Board Member Lagumbay told PIA he was in Cebu when the earthquake struck, and the pipe leading to the reservoir that supplied the water for the town was what he initially heard as the one badly affected.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) office in Hinunangan reported that eight barangays were affected comprising 51 families, 247 perssons. Total damaged houses listed were three, while partially damaged houses were 48.

There were also three persons reported as slightly injured, namely, Cristy Banda, 22 years old from barangay Tahusan; Rogelio Edrado, 35, of barangay Manalog; and an undidentified female child, 7 years old, of barangay Patong, the MDCC report, signed by Procesa Cruz, a staff of the Mayor's Office, disclosed. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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