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