MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Luzon rose to 16 on Tuesday, April 23.
In a press release on Tuesday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) gave the following breakdown of the number of fatalities:
At least 81 people were also injured, while 14 are missing, all in Central Luzon.
Rescue operations continued on Tuesday, particularly in hardest-hit Pampanga. The province has since been placed under a state of calamity.
According to the NDRRMC, the following are helping in the rescue and response operations:
The Department of Social Welfare and Development has prepositioned 305,830 family food packs worth P110.9 million, as well as other food and non-food items worth P764.5 million. It also has standby funds amounting to P1.3 billion.
The earthquake struck at 5:11 pm on Monday, April 22, with the epicenter in Castillejos, Zambales. Aftershocks have been recorded, mostly in Zambales and Pampanga.
"The public is advised to be aware of the aftershocks, stay calm, familiarize [themselves with] the evacuation plan in [their] area, and keep posted on the latest and verified updates about earthquake information," said the NDRRMC. – Rappler.com