BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
MDNN National News (July 28) – The shocking devastation of a powerful quake that hit Northern Luzon damaged millions of private buildings and government infrastructure projects, the local disaster group reported yesterday
There were also 64 people recorded who have injuries and an initial total of 173 structurally-damaged buildings, officials in Abra Province said, one of the badly affected places in Luzon.
The state seismology agency has already recorded at least 200 aftershocks after the strong tremor was felt yesterday. There were also 58 landslides, according to the weather bureau.
Five of those who have died in the quake have been identified by the local officials and the government is now facilitating some help to the bereaved families, and those badly affected by the aftermath.
Renato Solidum, the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake was centered in Abra Province’s mountainous areas.
He said this is the biggest quake ever recorded in their office this year. Solidum has described the catastrophe as a major earthquake that terrified people who have lost lives and properties.
“The ground shook like I was on a swing and the lights suddenly went out. We rushed out of the office, and I heard screams and some of my companions were in tears,” said Michael Brillantes, a safety officer of the Abra town of Lagangilang, near the epicenter, told the Associated Press in a phone interview.
Newly elected president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr visited Abra Province to monitor the situation and instructed Secretary Erwin Tulfo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide victims whatever they need, especially food and temporary shelters.