(Update) MMDA rescues 60 trapped people in Loon town

MANILA, (PNA) — Teams fielded by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) successfully rescued on Friday 60 people trapped in Barangay Tanawan in Loon town, Bohol.

Loon was one of the areas isolated in the wake of Tuesday’s 7.2 magnitude quake due to landslide debris and severely cracked roads.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the 60 rescued individuals include a senior citizen and 21 children.

For now, he said the rescued individuals were brought to a facility where they can receive treatment.

He said Barangay Tanawan is near the boundary of Loon and Maribojoc towns, both hit hard by Tuesday’s quake.

Earlier Friday, state-run Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported water supply was finally restored to Loon, three days after the quake.

As of Friday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said at least 171 people perished in the quake.