The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has sent one of its C-295 medium tactical transport aircraft to Batanes to transport rescue teams and disaster relief items after the northern Philippines was hit by two earthquakes morning of July 27.
Eight people have been confirmed dead while 60 others were injured from the magnitudes 5.4 and 5.9 earthquakes that jolted Batanes Saturday morning, prompting the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to warn residents against aftershocks.
“The casualties are all from Itbayat due to the 4:16 a.m. magnitude 5.4 earthquake, and the 7:37 a.m. magnitude 5.9 quake. All casualties were due to damaged houses,” Phivolcs director Renato Solidum told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a text message.
“As a precaution, people are staying in the open area like the plaza (in Itbayat),” he added. with PNA