12 July 2017

Last July 6, 2017, a massive earthquake rocked Central Visayas with an epicenter recorded at approximately eight kilometers southwest of Jaro Town, Leyte (According to the report from PhilVolcs). The biggest aftershock was recorded last Monday at magnitude 5.4, centered at 9 kilometers east of Ormoc City.

Officials from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center (NDRRMC) disclosed that 700 homes were completely damaged especially in areas where landslides triggered by the quake occurred. Another 1,000 homes were partially damaged. Kananga and Ormoc City, bore the brunt of the damage based on assessment by local officials. Power outages were also felt in the affected areas most particularly in Tacloban (Report from the CNN Philippines).

Immediate assistance were provided by the local government through the delivery of relief supplies. Last July 11, 2017 a unit of water filter system was transported to Tacloban via a C-130 aircraft.

Also, just this morning, one C-130 aircraft piloted by MAJ EMMANUEL V MAKALINTAL PAF ferried three heavy duty generators from Col Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City to Tacloban to provide temporary electricity to selected areas while awaiting for the power to stabilize. In the meantime, these generators will be providing power supply to basic amenities in the area.

Airlifters will continue to support various mobility requirements. While most of the airlift aircraft are performing flight missions most particularly in support to the AFP's campaign in Marawi City, the remaining aircrew are transporting relief aid to affected areas in Visayas.

Courtesy of: 220th AW