Nov 4, 2019

At least 22 fatalities were confirmed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) after a series of three magnitude 6 quakes hit Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat starting in the past weeks.

Meanwhile, according to the same NDRRMC tally, 432 people have been hurt and two are still missing. Over 25,000 people are currently reeling from the effects of the quake, half of them taking temporary refuge at evacuation centers.

20,957 houses were destroyed and 6,888 others damaged in the Davao region, Soccsksargen and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao by last week’s two quakes, an Inquirer report said.

Some victims have taken it to themselves to search for food and shelter in Cotabato. Carrying placards, they beg for help from passing motorists in highways.

The national disaster council head Ricardo Jalad has since denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis in Mindanao, citing the continuous relief operations and the functioning market where victims with money can purchase food. But what about those who don’t have the purchasing power?

Many organizations inside and outside of Mindanao have called out for donations for the victims, and you too can help through donating and/or volunteering. Here are some of the ways how.

 

Philippine Red Cross

 

Caritas Manila

Gabriela Women’s Party

 

Gawad Kalinga

 

Save the Children Philippines

 

Rotaract Club of Metro Kidapawan

 

Citizens’ Disaster Response Center

 

University of the Philippines

 

Ateneo de Manila University

 

Association of Law Students of the Philippines

 

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

 

Header photo courtesy of the Philippine Information Agency

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