2 dead in Olongapo landslide

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Continuous rains brought by Typhoon Mina have caused a landslide in Olongapo City, killing two individuals and injuring nine others.

Based on the latest report of the Office of the Civil Defense in Central Luzon, the landslide occurred in Barangay Sta. Rita around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The landslide killed Edenly Macapal, 51, and her daughter Manilyn, 12. The two were hit by rocks brought by the landslide.

Meanwhile, Edenly's husband Rogelio, 50, was seriously injured. Their other children -- Frank, 16; Harry, 15; and Whean, 9 -- also suffered from physical injuries and emotional shock.

Donita Marquez, 18; Ricky Mose, 16; and Ritchie Fortez, 17 also suffered lacerations along with rescuers Norman Bohol, 26 and Dionisio Espano, 38.

The injured individuals were taken to the James Gordon Hospital for treatment. Five of them are still confined at the hospital, as of press time.

The landslide, believed to be caused by heavy rains, brought two boulders, which measured three to four meters in diameter.

The houses of the Macapal, Mose and Marquez families were destroyed.

Mayor James Gordon has ordered the evacuation of families residing within a 100-meter radius of the landslide-hit area.

Meanwhile, another 18 families were evacuated to Sta. Rita Elementary School to avoid further casualties.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 01, 2011.

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