After the unexpected 6.9 magnitude earthquake strike the Visayas region, countries who were member of the ASEAN expressed their desire to help in whatever (–foul word(s) removed–)istance they can give to the country.
Officials of ASEAN are now monitoring the situation in the country and said that they are ready if ever the situation gets worst in the country.
Surin Pitsuwarin, Secretary General of the (–foul word(s) removed–)ociation have commanded the officers in charge of AHA Center (Asean Humanitarian (–foul word(s) removed–)istance) and Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat to look on the possible aid that they can provide to the country and prepare the new formed Disaster Response of the (–foul word(s) removed–)ociation.
In a statement given by Pitsuwarin, the general said that he is somehow relieved knowing that the country is already out of tsunami alert and added that he understand that the country is still struggling from the effect of typhoon “Sendong” last December 2011.
Countries such as Japan, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Russia and US are among the countries who have established the AHA Center and Surin have said that the dialogue partners of each country are alert to response for help if needed by the country.
As of now, the ASEAN officers are calculating the damages caused by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines and trying to communicate with the officials in the country.
Death toll in Visayas earthquake is still rising as they continue the search and rescue operation in the effected areas. In latest update, soldiers are trying to dig 71 residents who were buried after a landslide occurred in Guinhulngan Negros Oriental.