ucanews.com reporter, ManilaUpdated: July 29, 2019 07:31 AM GMT
The church in the town of Itbayat is among the buildings damaged by twin earthquakes that hit the northern Philippines on July 27. (Photo by Dominic de Sagon Asa)
A Catholic bishop in the northernmost island of the Philippines has appealed for prayers and help for victims of twin earthquakes that rocked Batanes province on July 27.
Bishop Danilo Ulep of Batanes said he has sent a team to the hardest-hit town of Itbayat to assess the situation."Right now, all we are accepting is financial assistance because other needs like food, water, medicines, etc. are being addressed by the government," said the prelate.The earthquakes, of magnitudes 5.4 and 6.4, killed at least eight people, injured 63, while one person was reported missing.
The government's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recorded a total of 180 aftershocks by July 28.