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6 dead, 2 survivors in Dinagat Islands landslide

Due to the low pressure area (LPA) affecting Caraga Region, six people were burried alive in a landslide incident at Brgy. Poblacion, Cagdianao town, Monday morning.

The fatalities were identified as Atanacio Geltura, 62 years old; Realyn Geltura, 41; Michelle Geltura, 34; Felixberto Munoz, 34; Alqueder Munoz, 2; and Primitivo Morales, 33, as revealed from a report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) of Dinagat Islands.

Meanwhile, two rescued survivors were also identified, Renz Anthony Geltura and Jose Cabillan. 

According to Ma. Jane Mayola, public information officer of Dinagat Islands, three houses were partially damaged and two were totally damaged brought by the sudden collapse of the land.

“A composite team of debris clearing task force was sent by the local Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the provincial government to areas where landslide incident happened,” she added.

Earlier today, Dinagat Islands acting governor Benglen Ecleo ordered the augmentation of relief goods to the affected families in Brgy. Magsaysay,Dinagat town and Brgy. Poblacion in Cagdianao town.

Also, as per report from Municipal DRRMC of Basilisa, Dinagat Islands, a landslide occured on Sunday at Brgys. Poblacion, Tag- Abaca with no casualty or damages on record.

In a consolidated report (SitRep No. 6: LPA East of Southern Mindanao) of the Office of the Civil Defense Caraga headed by regional director Liza Mazo, big rockslides also occured in Magkono, Wilson, San Jose, Dinagat Islands. The slides has been cleared and now passable to all types of vehicles.

Mayola said that 187 families (935 individuals) from Brgys.Ferdinand, Montag, Edera, Sto. Nino, Nazareth, Tag--Abaca, Benglen, Coring, Roxas and Catadman have evacuated to designated evacuation centers due to hazard of flashfloods & landslides brought by heavy rains. 

Due to imminent threat of LPA, governor Ecleo also ordered the suspension of work and declared the suspension of classes at all levels in the entire province, effective January 13, 2014 until further notice is issued of its lifting. (Venus L. Garcia/PIA-Caraga)

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