Over 2,000 persons un­able to re­turn home af­ter Batanes quake

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OVER 2,000 persons are still un­able to re­turn to their dam­aged homes af­ter the de­struc­tive quakes that hit It­bayat town in Batanes.

As of Wed­nes­day noon, July 31, Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil (NDRRMC) spokesper­son Mark Tim­bal said 805 fam­i­lies or 2,616 persons were staying in the tent city put up in the town plaza and It­bayat Public Mar­ket.

The NDRRMC said 2,963 peo­ple, or 911 fam­i­lies, were af­fected by the earth­quakes while 185 houses were de­stroyed and 81 oth­ers were dam­aged.

Tim­bal said the vic­tims have yet to un­dergo de­brief­ing to help them cope with the trauma. The dis­as­ter claimed nine lives.

He also said they have yet to de­ter­mine when the af­fected fam­i­lies will be al­lowed to re­turn to their houses.

“Kung ang pag­ba­batayan ay makauwi sa ba­hay nila within the next two weeks mal­abo pa kasi may af­ter­shocks pa at ‘yung nasir­ang husto ang ba­hay hindi na maba­ba­likan yun kasi for con­dem­na­tion na ‘yung ga­nun. We would have to process the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as well as re­build­ing and re­con­struc­tion of their houses and other dam­aged build­ings,” he said.

(They will not likely be al­lowed to re­turn home within the next two weeks be­cause the af­ter­shocks have con­tin­ued. Those whose houses were de­stroyed would not be al­lowed to go back to their homes.)

“’Yung mga nasir­aan ng ba­hay, ilala­gay sa plano ng re­cov­ery and re­hab kung paano ang pros­eso para mais­agawa ang re­con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties na ito,” he added.

He said the Depart­ment of Public Works and High­ways (DPWH) were still as­sess­ing how re­con­struc­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of dam­aged in­fras­truc­ture will be con­ducted.

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