3 confirmed dead after Davao del Sur quake

first_imgVehicles pinned under a damaged market in the quake-hit town of Padada, Davao Del Sur on Dec. 15 . As of Monday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded at least 179 aftershocks in the province. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Various reports said that there arestill around seven people who were inside the three-storey department storewith signs of life. The first fatality recorded was a6-year-old girl was reported dead after being unable to flee her house beforeit collapsed. “Meronpa kaming mga nakita. We had visual locations kung nasaan sila banda sa department store,” Christopher Tan of ProvincialDisaster Risk Reduction Management Office told CNN Philippines. The two persons were identified as57-year-old Elsa Ababon and 67-year-old Vangie Artiaga were retrieved from thecollapsed Trade Grocery Store in Padada. A 6-year-old girl was among the fatalityfrom Barangay Asinan, Matanao town. She was inside her family’s house when thebuilding collapsed and killed her, the province’s governor, Douglas Cagas said. “We have already taken out two cadavers.Now, the operations are ongoing. But the retrieval officers said that they havedetected a heartbeat using an equipment. We are strategizing how to pull himout. Hopefully he can survive,” he added. MANILA – At least three people were killedwhen a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Davao del Sur on Sunday. As of Monday morning, at least 179aftershocks were recorded in Davao del Sur. The quake struck the provincearound 2:11 p.m. on Sunday with a depth of three kilometers, and with itsepicenter located nine kilometers west of Matanao./PNlast_img read more