In Pictures: Surigao earthquake

On 10 February 2017, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Northeastern Mindanao in the Philippines, affecting some 30,800 people. The earthquake caused tremors that displaced more than 16,600 people, destroyed 215 homes and damaged over 2,100 houses in the province of Surigao del Norte. 

The Philippine Red Cross 143 volunteers and staff responded immediately to the earthquake, providing support to local authorities to evacuate affected residents, conduct search and rescue operations as well as well as giving first aid to the injured. 

All photos taken by Rommel Cabrera/IFRC

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The shallow earthquake triggered tremors that damaged 40 schools, 6 bridges and 5 roads. Fearing further damage, the city government ordered the temporary closure of high-rise business establishments until they are deemed secure by assessment teams.


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A large part of the Anao-aon bridge collapsed during the earthquake, isolating communities living in the municipalities of Malimono and San Francisco from Surigao City. A temporary detour has since been built to restore access to these areas while the bridge is being repaired. 


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Monita Tano, 47, laments the loss of her son, 17-year-old Rommel, who was one of the eight people killed by collapsed buildings during the earthquake. 200 other people were reported injured.


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Philippine Red Cross welfare team members meet with displaced residents at an evacuation centre to register them for relief assistance. Volunteers also conducted blood pressure tests and provided psychosocial support to more than 1,000 people. 


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Red Cross volunteers and some community members help unload hygiene kits in one of the relief distribution sites in Surigao City. Over 200 families whose homes have been damaged received the kits. Additional relief items including sleeping kits, 500 hygiene kits, 3,000 jerry cans and 1,000 tarpaulins are being mobilised from the Philippine Red Cross’ warehouse to boost the ongoing emergency relief operation.  


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The Janola family smiles as they receive relief goods from the Philippine Red Cross during a relief distribution on 17 February in Surigao City. Each family received a hygiene kit, 2 blankets, 2 mats, 1 collapsible jerry can, 2 mosquito nets and 2 tarpaulins.


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The Plaza's are one of the six families still taking shelter at the Surigao Pastoral Centre. Many residents are apprehensive about returning to their homes as aftershocks continue to be felt in Surigao del Norte. More than 200 aftershocks have been felt in the city.


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The earthquake disrupted the water supply in Surigao and access to safe drinking water is a major concern. The Philippine Red Cross set up water stations like this in strategic areas where residents have easy access to filtered water.


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