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21 dead, dozens buried in Naga landslide

CEBU. Rescuers carry one of the bodies recovered from the massive landslide that hit the City of Naga, Cebu, on Thursday, September 20, 2018. (Arni Aclao)

CEBU (Updated) -- At least 21 people were declared dead, nine were injured, and over 50 others were believed to have been buried alive when a portion of a mountain collapsed in a barangay in the City of Naga, Cebu, early morning Thursday, September 20.

The landslide buried around 24 houses, sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent text messages pleading for help.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, 15 of the fatalities were identified as:

1. Beatrice Hope Chavez, 4 years old

2. Olivia Meneses Moral, 63

3. Abel Lobiano, 40

4. Romeo Jabonilia, 40

5. Miss X

6. Mr. X

7. Francisco Yopac, 60

8. Michael Versales, 16

9. Mark Laurence Campanilla, 3

10. Vianca Versales, 19

11. Mr. X

12. Raul Gepuit, 47

13. Laura Capoy, 52

14. Bb girl Campanilla

15. Baby girl Campanilla

Among those injured were:

1. Rose Ann Lobiano, 40

2. Christopher Cemeller, 44

3. Nestor Capoy, 52

4. Junalyn Siton, 16

5. Jocelyn Siton, 38

6. Basilla Omambac, 58

7. Sidney Ravanes, 35

8. Babyjane Ravanes, 8

The massive landslide affected Barangay Tina-an and a neighboring village.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing as several others remained missing as of 8 p.m. Thursday, September 20, according to the City of Naga Police Station.

Baltazar Tribunalo, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said earlier that immediate evacuation has been implemented in Barangays Tina-an, Inoburan and Naalad.

City of Naga Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong declared five barangays, namely, Tina-an, Naalad, Mainit, Pangdan and Cabungahan, under state of calamity.

More than 100 residents of the three barangays have been evacuated to the Enan Chiong Activity Center where they received immediate assistance.

Below is a video of the search and rescue operations conducted Thursday morning, September 20.

(With reports from Superbalita Cebu)


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