A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Surigao City at 10:03 in the evening, Friday, February 10, 2017.
According to the reports from the City Disaster Quick Response Team, at least 300 houses in Surigao del Norte were damaged following the earthquake. Seven (7) bridges collapsed which isolated San Francisco, a nearby town. At least eleven (11) towns were affected with six (6) casualties and over 100 people were hurt. Areas were still experiencing power outages two (2) days after the incident.
Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas said that they have just experienced the strongest and the worst earthquake in the history of Surigao. He urged people from the unaffected cities to extend possible assistance to the families and individuals in need especially basic commodities such as clothing, food (hot meals) and most importantly, potable drinking water.Earthquakes can't shake us! @u4hkph #supportCJFI #weCareforLives Click To Tweet
CJFI was one of the first non-government organization or NGO to respond to the need by extending resources such as free consultation and medicine (medical mission), play therapy for the affected children (child experiencing trauma brought about by the incident), and financial assistance to affected families. An assessment is ongoing to identify other possible interventions that the foundation can carry out.
A total of 300 individuals (young, adults, persons with disabilities, pregnant women and senior citizens) were catered by CJFI’s Medical Mission while about 120 children participated in the play therapy implemented by CJFI’s social workers.