In the Philippines, less than a week after a massive landslide hit a mining community in Benguet, another deadly landslide in Naga City, Cebu — where at least 21 people are dead and 74 are missing.
Apo Land and Quarry Corporation — which has mining rights over the area — said residents were already told to evacuate days before the incident due to reports of cracks and fissures found in the area, by the mines and geosciences bureau.
A portion of the mountain collapsed and buried around 24 houses.
The local government of Naga City said there are still signs of life in the area citing text messages sent by those believed still trapped under the rubble.
“Our main concern is search and rescue. It is a consensus of our CDRRMC that all of these things, the investigation, will come after we have exerted all efforts to save as many lives. We’d like to concentrate on saving as many as we can.”
Some Filipino Americans with family ties in Naga City say they are anxiously waiting for news on loved ones who are missing.
Both of Jean Marie Panilag Ng’s parents are from Naga, and she has dozens of family members still living there — some close to where the deadly landslide took place.
This Bay Area-based Pinay was concerned by how rescue operations have been hampered by rains and loose soil.
She said a cousin is still missing and two relatives are already confirmed dead. She hasn’t been able to get a hold of her US-based father, who is currently vacationing inNnaga, but she was told he’s safe.
“We’re just asking the family and friends to get together and pray and hope that our family and friends are still live, and those who are missing can be found.”