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Earthquake in Mindanao: Volunteers Aid Victims


Just recently, a series of powerful earthquakes shook Mindanao. It can be recalled that a 6.6 magnitude and 6.5 magnitude earthquake destroyed a number of infrastructure and displaced thousands of residents. The first earthquake (6.3 magnitude) was felt October 16, the second (6.6 magnitude) on October 29, and the latest (6.5 magnitude) on October 31. Photo credit: Ferdinand Cabrera

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in a report as of November 1 by the Emergency Response Coordination Centre of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, 16 persons have died, 403 have been injured, and 2 are missing. Moreover, a total of 6,009 families have been affected in the Region XI and Region XII. There are 2,552 families relocated in 19 evacuation areas, and 1,370 families not staying in evacuation areas. The report also adds 3,220 infrastructures damaged. Read more: ECHO flash list 

Meanwhile, in a November 2 article by Rappler, death toll has risen to 21. In a report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 16 people have been killed in Cotabato, 3 in Davao del Sur, 2 in Cotabato, and 1 in Sultan Kudarat. A total of 28,224 infrastructures have been destroyed, 20,921 houses have been damaged, and 6,429 have been partially damaged. Moreover, 755 educational institutions have been partially destroyed and 36 health facilities have been partially destroyed also. Read more: Cotabato earthquake death toll rises to 21

In light of the recent earthquake that struck the southern part of the country, first responder organization GooZam volunteered to aid victims together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Rotary Club, Data Soft Logic, and Davao volunteers. Relief operations were undertaken and essential supplies were given to Makilala North Cotabato.

In addition, the following also contributed in the relief operations: Michael’s Meat Shop, Madie Carl Sahid, AJM Health Med Pharmacy, Bywave, and Sticky Prints. As of date, GooZam is raising funds to further help earthquake-hit regions in Mindanao.

GooZam is a geo-volunteering, first response, crowdsourced, and ‘good samaritan’ services platform. With core component group in the United States and in the Philippines, it works through an innovative mobile application and aspires to revolutionize the volunteer service delivery model.

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