Rescuers view a damaged building following an earthquake July 6 in the Philippine province of Leyte. A week after the magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the province, hundreds of residents continue to live in temporary shelters. CNS photo/Ahyeng Gauit, EPA

After strong earthquake, some Philippine communities need to be relocated

  • July 13, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – A week after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the central Philippine province of Leyte, hundreds of residents were still living in temporary shelters.

While donations continue to pour in, church leaders at the forefront of relief efforts worry about the displacement of communities, reported The quake hit areas that were only beginning to recover from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

"Some communities have to be permanently relocated especially those living along ridges, cliffs and around the lake," Claretian Father Larry Lorenzo told

The government already has placed the city of Ormoc and the town of Kananga, the two most badly hit areas, under a state of calamity. Two people were reported killed, while more than 300 were injured.

Authorities said some 400 families in the village of Lake Danao must be moved permanently to another area. At least two villages are directly over a fault line.

The social action arm of the Palo Archdiocese reported that more than 500 individuals continue to live in tents around Lake Danao.

"We are pitching tents on open ground," Father Lorenzo told "I woke up due to a strong tremor at one in the morning."

The church relief organization Caritas listed nearly 4,000 families affected by the earthquake. Some 995 houses were destroyed while another 2,328 were partially damaged.

Father Alcris Badana, head of Caritas Palo, said church officials are worried about people living in makeshift shelters.

"One problem is sanitation. ... There are no toilets in the tent city," said the priest, adding that it would take some time to build a relocation site.

"These people will not be returning to their homes, it's no longer safe," he said.

philippine quake webFilipinos carry a victim following an earthquake July 6 in Leyte. A week after the magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the central Philippine province, hundreds of residents continue to live in temporary shelters. (CNS photo/Robert Dejon, EPA)

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

  1. Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Please support The Catholic Register

Unlike many media companies, The Catholic Register has never charged readers for access to the news and information on our website. We want to keep our award-winning journalism as widely available as possible, which has become acutely important amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. But we need your help.

For more than 125 years, The Register has been a trusted source of faith-based journalism. By making even a small donation you help ensure our future as an important voice in the Catholic Church. If you support the mission of Catholic journalism, please donate today. Thank you.