Bohol quake victims badly need food, water-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
CEBU CITY -- Food and water remain the most urgent needs for victims of the quake in the province of Bohol eight days after the 7.2-magnitude tremor.
President Benigno Aquino III was in Loon, Bohol Wednesday to distribute food packs and hold a Cabinet meeting in the town.
The President visited the 260-year-old Our Lady of Light Parish and is staying in Loon town for the night.
During the Cabinet meeting, Loon Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez said food, water and tents have already been distributed to all 67 barangays of the town. He added that food and water remain as the most important needs of the people there.
Lopez reported that six of the 67 barangays are isolated and are only accessible by foot and motorcycle.
He said almost all school buildings in Loon have been destroyed, but extent of damage is still being assessed.
For Loon, 1,400 houses were destroyed and at least 18 vital installations were damaged.
Death toll for Loon alone rose to 60. According of the Office of Civil Defense, families of the 55 victims already accessed death financial assistance.
For the town's utilities, 65 percent of water supply and 80 percent of power were restored.
ANC, meanwhile, reported that some quake victims in Clarin, Bohol were forced to beg for food.
Residents carry placards along the roadside, asking passersby for food. Others really stopped those vehicles carrying food packs. (Mildred V. Galarpe/Sunnex)