Death toll in Comval landslide: 20 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 January 2012 16:24

Army soldiers recovered four more bodies in Compostela Valley, raising to 20 the number of dead in the landslide that struck the mining community at dawn Thursday.

Maj. Harold Cabunoc, spokesman of the Philippine Army, said rescue workers are combing the area of Biat Uno, Napnapan in the town of Pantukan for 70 other missing residents.

Pantukan is a known mining area where families of mining workers live.
Spearheading the search are troopers from 70 and 71st Infantry Battalions of the 101st Army Brigade under the command of Col. Roberto Dominis.
Two Philippine Air Force (PAF) helicopters are now in the area of disaster to transport the landslide victims to the town center.
Napnapan is a remote area where it cannot be reached easily by land transport but by helicopter.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) initially reported 16 people killed in the landslide.
The residents were still asleep when the landslide roared at 3 a.m. Thursday.
A mild tremor preceded the landslide while the residents were still sleeping.
It was the second disaster to strike Mindanao in 20 days. Last December 16, killer floods killed over 1,000 people in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City, the worst hit areas.
Cabunoc recalled that last year, 23 people were killed in a landslide also in Compostela Valley.