A landslide in Davao de Oro on Thursday tragically resulted in the death of at least seven people, according to a disaster official.
The incident occurred in the morning on Mindanao island’s Davao de Oro province, an area recently affected by heavy rainfall, flooding, and landslides. Rocris Idul, Monkayo’s municipal disaster officer, reported that a family of eight, including six children, had left their evacuation center to attend a community prayer meeting.
Rescuers recovered seven bodies, including those of the children, from the mud. Four individuals remain missing, Idul stated, noting the slim chances of survival given the vast amount of mud that engulfed the house.
Three people were rescued, one of whom sustained severe injuries.
Mayor Manual Zamora of Monkayo had issued a warning on Wednesday through his chief of staff, Rodielyn Manugas, encouraging residents in the town’s “high-risk” areas to evacuate. Schools were also directed to suspend classes on Friday in anticipation of further heavy rainfall. While some residents chose to stay in their homes, others were urged to evacuate to designated centers.
In a separate incident on Thursday, a landslide at Mount Diwata in Monkayo resulted in 13 people being buried alive.
Search and rescue operations were suspended at 3:30 pm due to strong winds, heavy rainfall, and the threat of additional landslides. The team of approximately 25 local government, police, army and firefighter personnel had to withdraw because of the adverse weather conditions.