Philippines (UPDATE) — The death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in the Philippines has risen to at least 163 as road access to the worst-hit towns is hindering rescuers from reaching isolated survivors.
Regional civil defense chief Minda Morante said, “I hope the people will understand. While we want to bring aid to them, our main adversary is accessibility. We acknowledge that there are still gaps in the emergency response. We cannot address the many needs all at the same time.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Health has provided P3 million worth of medicines and medical supplies for Cebu and Bohol for post-quake relief operations.
The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized some 122 staff and volunteers for rescue, assessment, and relief operations in different areas of Cebu, Bohol, iloilo, and Siquijor.
More than 444,000 families were affected by the 7.2 magnitude quake in Central Visayas, according to reports.
The Philippine Red Cross said it welcomes donations in cash and in kind. Those who wish to help can call (632) 527-0000 local 114/151/165.