MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said the total death toll from the earthquake near Davao Occidental rose to 11.
In addition to these deaths, the DOH reported that a total of 730 people were sickened and injured by the shock.
Of the 730 victims, 689 were treated on an outpatient basis and 41 are still in hospitals.
Meanwhile, the DOH said hospitals in the affected regions remain operational as they continue to assess the damage to their facilities.
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“While the DOH is conducting a health facility assessment to check for damage to hospitals and health care facilities, you can be assured that they are currently still operational and able to provide health services to those affected by the earthquake,” the DOH said in a statement. statement .
According to the situation report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Tuesday, the quake affected a total of 3,696 families or 16,293 people in the Davao and Soccsksargen regions.
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According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), a magnitude 6.8 tectonic quake occurred 30 kilometers southwest of Sarangani in Davao Occidental on Friday afternoon and had a depth of 10 kilometers.
Phivolcs initially determined that the quake had a magnitude of 7.2.