5.6 magnitude quake puts Batangas under state of calamity

MANILA, Philippines — Over 600 houses in the town of Mabini were damaged by an earthquake that shook the province of Batangas on Saturday afternoon — 90 of these houses are totally damaged.   The damages are estimated to be worth over P28million.

Landslides also occurred in some barangay while several seawalls collapsed.  For these, a state of calamity has been declared by Mabini mayor, Noel Luistro.

Mayor Luistro said most residents are still in a state of shock because this is the first time in a long time that the town of Mabini experienced an earthquake again.

Around 2,000 Mabini residents evacuated to the town of Bauan over fears of another strong quake.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) set up tents to serve as temporary shelters for the evacuees.

Based on the initial report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, there are no fatalities reported in the earthquake incident, but there were some wounded.

Authorities are now finding out the total worth of damages in the entire province.

The province still experiences aftershocks. Rescue groups are all set to immediately respond to those in need of assistance.

The local government unit has declared class suspension in all levels in Mabini, Lipa City and Tanauan. — UNTV News and Rescue

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