Bohol – Two weeks after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake violently shook the Central Visayas on October 15, this year, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) updates showed more casualties, damages and trends.

As of today, the number of fatalities continues to rise as 4 more dead bodies were retrieved in Bohol reaching the total of 222 death toll; 8 more are still missing and five children are believed to be buried under damaged boulder while 797 were reported injured and more than 671,000 families (3,217,094 individuals) were severely affected in region 6 and 7.

Furthermore, 376 evacuation centers in Central Visayas are now housing 90,854 people whose homes were destroyed during the disaster.

Meanwhile, infrastructures damaged during the quake that include school and house buildings, roads, churches, bridges and several historical sites and tourist spots has reached to 2.2 billion pesos.

NDRRMC also noted that the said disaster produced surface raptures ranging from 0.10 meters to 5 meters in vertical displacements while coastal uplift in Maribojoc, Bohol was observed recording a 50-meter new high tide mark.

As of this week, relief operations are still on-going while a Naval Construction Brigade was sent by the Navy to help in the building of makeshift hospitals and rehabilitation of infrastructures in 7 towns in Bohol.

As of the latest update from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), 3,066 aftershocks were reported, 83 of which were felt. (Ma. Meta D. Aboga, ABCom/LNU)