3 more bodies retrieved from Naga landslide; death toll now 21
NAGA CITY, Cebu – Three more bodies were dug out early Friday morning from the landslide-stricken community in Barangay Tinaan, Naga City, about 21.7 km south of Cebu City, bringing the death toll to 21.
Senior Supt. Samuel Tadeo, head of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Central Visayas and ground commander of the search-and-rescue operations, said they continued to look for the bodies buried under the debris of rocks and soil following the massive landslide that hit the village on Thursday.
At least 10 of the fatalities lie at the Naga City badminton covered court.
City Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong assured the affected families of the government’s full support.
“This is a tragic event but it is the best time to unite,” Chiong told the Inquirer.
She said the city government would shoulder the funeral and burial expenses of the fatalities, among other financial assistance.
“We will apply the fullest and maximum resources we have to help the victims,” Chiong said. “Please include us in your prayers,” she added.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.