Quake Hits The Philippines

Situation in BoholOctober 16, 2013 - The provinces of Bohol and Cebu were placed under a state of calamity after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake hit the Visayas region yesterday morning.  The epicenter of the quake was in the town of Carmen where the view deck of the famous Chocolate Hills, Bohol's most popular tourist attraction, suffered extensive damage.  There have been 67 fatalities confirmed in Central Visayas after the powerful earthquake struck Bohol at 8:12 a.m. The death toll is expected to rise as the roads and bridges now impassable are reopened.  

The Situation

A series of aftershocks are being felt and could continue for a few months. The number of casualties is expected to rise as reports arrive from remote areas that are currently inaccessible due to damaged bridges and landslides. Air travel to and from Bohol is currently suspended due to damaged airport facilities. Ship traffic coming and going out of Cebu and Bohol is also suspended.

News from Bohol is that the disciples are all okay, but electricity, communication lines (except phones) and water are unavailable at this time. Most businesses and stores are closed. Damage to structures is evident. 

HOPE worldwide’s Response

As many as 5 million people could be affected. Needs could mount in the following days once the hardly hit areas will become accessible. Cebu province is intact when it comes to supplies. While Bohol province might be in need for help soon. HOPE worldwide is coordinating with the Philippines office and monitoring the situation closely in Cebu and in Bohol.

Two HOPE worldwide relief teams are on the move to Cebu City and to Bohol Province.  Some relief supplies are being mobilized to help the victims.

For more information on the situation, please contact:

  • Jerry Tonel, Disaster Response Manager; j2nel@yahoo.com
  • Jun Velasco, Country Director; velascojun@yahoo.com
  • Charles Ham, Global Disaster Response Coordinator; charles_ham@hopeww.org