By Erwin M. Mascariñas
BUTUAN City–The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) placed the damages caused by the magnitude 5.5 earthquake that jolted Surigao del Sur last weekend at about P45.3 million.
The PDRRMC report, submitted to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Caraga, said the damage estimates include houses in the towns of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen and Lanuza in Surigao del Sur.
Carmen town was the hardest hit with 312 houses damaged in eight barangays. Of the barangays, Esperanza registered the highest number of damaged houses at 76. There, four houses were destroyed, said Abel de Guzman, the provincial PDRRM officer.
The town of Carmen registered damages placed at P16.386 million, de Guzman said.
But Jun Aranella, the town’s MDRRM officer, said the town government counted 372 damaged houses ion eight barangays, and their estimated damages reached P20.5 millionn.
He said the town council declared the Carmen under a state of calamity, and relief operations are ongoing.
Aranella said the earthquake also damaged public facilities like barangay halls, municipal buildings, day care centers, the market, health centers, water systems, churches and privately owned buildings.
Cantilan town officials reported a damages of about P16.111 million. In the town, 941 families from 14 barangays were displaced.
Officials in another town, Carrascal, recorded 117 damaged houses, schools, a church and public facilities. Local officials placed the damages there at P7.840 million.
Madrid town officials also reported damages reaching P4.335 million, and 941 adversely affected families from 14 barangays.
The town of Lanuza suffered the least number of damaged houses, schools, road and other structures. Its officials placed the damages there at P690 thousand.