Palace vows immediate relief for Leyte earthquake victims

MALACAÑANG has pledged to provide immediate relief for the residents affected by the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that occurred Thursday afternoon in Jaro, Leyte.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella reminded the public to remain calm yet cautious for the possible aftershocks.

“We ask our people, especially residents of affected areas, to stay calm and yet, remain alert and vigilant for aftershocks as we assure them of immediate assistance by the government,” Abella said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported that a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked 13 kilometers southwest of Jaro, Leyte at around 4:03 p.m., Thursday.

Reports said the quake left at least 10 individuals injured after a building in Kananga town, which is located next to Jaro, collapsed.

Phivolcs said there were no tsunami threats but the damage is expected following the 6.5-magnitude earthquake.

Abella urged the public to monitor updates from the Phivolcs to ensure their safety.

“We ask our people to regularly check the Phivolcs website for the latest earthquake information. Updates will be provided as soon as more information becomes available,” he said. (SunStar Philippines)

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