“It was so sudden; there was no time to run”

VALENCIA CITY—(Bukidnon News/08 November 2011)“It was so sudden, there was no time to run,” housewife Analie Alcular said of the 5.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Valencia City Monday.

“The lights went out with the quake, it was raining and dark,” the 36-year old mother of three added. The quake occurred at approximately 5:45pm according to the disaster progress report of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC).

Alcular was preparing dinner with her children in the kitchen when it hit. Five second later, the concrete walls of the house collapsed inwards with her three children hit by debris.

She and all her children were among the 31 persons brought to the hospital in the city, where social workers said it was their first experience of an earthquake that cause much damage.

Out of 31, about 12 individuals were admitted while the rest were examined and treated at the out-patient department (OPD) to either Abella Midway Hospital or Laviña Hospital. Most of the patients, about 18, are residents of Purok 20 of Barangay Poblacion. Others were from Purok 17, 10, 3A, 14, 18, and 19.

Alcular’s eight year old daughter Hannah, who was squatting on the floor playing jackstone, sustained a closed fracture right thigh bone. Hannah needs operation and internal fixation of steel.

Her nine-year old son, Charles, also sustained wound as the left front side of the forehead with blood clotting at left eye. He was prescribed to undergo Computed Tomography scan (CT scan) at the Malaybalay Polymedic General Hospital (MPGH) after experiencing seizures and vomiting hours after confinement. Davencliede, her eldest child, also sustained wound at right side of his head.

Alcular’s husband, a service driver was unhurt because he was still on the way home at the point of impact.

In Purok 20A, the house of the Alculars is among the worst hit among six in the list of damaged houses.

But engineers who joined the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council assessment team Tuesday said their house is no longer safe.

Alcular told Bukidnon News her children already wanted to go home in case another quake would strike soon.

“But we have no place to return to. Most of our belongings were destroyed,” she added.

After the quake, Alcular recalled that they stayed outside their house along the road while it rained before relatives were able to bring them to the hospital.

But their biggest problem at the moment is cash for medication of the children. They are still undecided on the next steps as their daughter needed operation and a son prescribed to have CT scan. (Hazel A. Generalao/Bukidnon News)

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