Mother, daughter hurt in landslide

A MOTHER and her 14-year-old daughter were injured after the land where their hut was situated collapsed in Sitio Riverside, Barangay Calajoan, Minglanilla, Cebu at 3:30 a.m. last Saturday.

Police identified the mother and daughter as Gaudiosa Flores and Cherylyn. They suffered minor injuries.

PO3 Vincent Aliñabo of the Minglanilla Police Station said Gaudiosa, her husband Sergio and her three children were awakened by the movement of their house and noticed that it was already leaning toward the riverside.

The family ran outside the house, but Gaudiosa and Cherylyn were hurt while trying to escape from the landslide.

Gaudiosa and Cherylyn were taken to the Minglanilla District Hospital by personnel of the Minglanilla Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Aliñabo said the area is situated near a river and has been saturated due to continuous rain brought by typhoon Nona and tropical depression Onyok last week.

The couple and their children were relocated to a safer area.

Minglanilla Mayor Elanito Peña said he plans to relocate residents living near the river.

Dr. Eddie Llamedo, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 spokesperson, urged residents living near the river to transfer to safer places.

Barangay Calajoan has been identified as “moderate to high” in terms of landslide susceptibility, according to the DENR 7’s geohazard assessment and mapping conducted in 2013 and 2014.

“The latest landslide could be attributed to two main factors: physical characteristics of the area and the prolonged heavy to slow rains brought about by the typhoon Onyok, which became a low pressure area that carried a large of rains,” Llamedo said.

The area is reportedly limestone-rich and the landslide may have occurred due to oversaturation.

The DENR 7 recommended to town officials to cordon the area to avoid passersby to come near the site.

Billboards and advisories must be placed in the area to warn residents regarding potential landslides, said Llamedo.
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