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6,000 evacuees in Batangas cramped at evacuation centers


More than 6,000 residents of Batangas are currently cramped at evacuation centers due to the recent earthquakes.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, more than 1,200 families evacuated their homes, and are currently staying at one of 16 evacuation centers of the province.

The evacuees came from towns of Mabini, Agoncillo, San Luis, San Pascual, Tingloy, and Batangas City.

Last April 8, a magnitude 6 earthquake hit Mabini, Batangas, while a magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit Tingloy, Batangas last April 4.

NDRRMC was only able to account one wounded person during the simultaneous earthquakes, while the provincial government of Batangas was able to record five injured persons.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology admitted that Batangas is continually being hammered by aftershocks due to the latest earthquakes.

According to PhiVolcs Director Renato Solidum, the situation is natural due to the strength of the earthquakes.

The agency trusts that the upcoming aftershocks that will hit Batangas will be weaker.

“Mga araw hanggang lingo iyan. So almost a week na, at dahil nagkaroon ng magnitude 6 earthquake, meron naman tayong mga ilang araw pa na titignan kung mag-tataper down na.” Solidum said regarding the aftershocks.

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