The Philippine’s southern island of Mindanao was hit by a series of strong earthquakes during the month of October.
On October 16, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake shook, followed by a magnitude 6.6 quake on October 29, and another quake of magnitude-6.5 hit again two days later on October 31 causing major infrastructural damage not only to the province of Cotabato where the epicenter was located, but also affecting nearby provinces where major cities like Davao are located.
Residents living in the area were already reeling from having to deal with hundreds of aftershocks following each major quake, and now have to deal with the trauma that comes after.
When the first earthquake occurred on October 16, ADRA in the Philippines distributed 300 emergency shelter repair kits the following week in the municipality of Makilala in the province of Cotabato, where the epicenter was located, for the families whose homes were totally destroyed.
When the second earthquake hit the morning of October 29, ADRA was deployed the same day to conduct assessments and facilitate the distribution of cash assistance in the city of Kidapawan on October 30.
When the third quake hit on October 31, buildings that were previously impacted by the first two earthquakes crumbled, trapping and killing ten people. The earthquakes also caused landslides that covered homes adding to the increasing numbers of casualties in the region. As of November 4, more than 20 lives were reportedly lost and over 21,000 homes were destroyed.
“The homes that I visited had previous cracks, and now they are gone—collapsed,” says ADRA emergency responder Jerry Requillo after the third earthquake.
Katherine Solilapse, an ADRA emergency responder who was providing aid during the first quake, shared unfortunate news that an Adventist she knew had lost his life